Dealing with the challenges of social adversity and clinical care
Helen Herrman is President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA, 2017-2020), Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Mental Health, Melbourne and immediate past president of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health. She has received the award of Officer of the Order of Australia.
She is Professor of Psychiatry at Orygen, National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and the Centre for Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, Australia. She is a practitioner fellow of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, and a member of The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development. She chairs a new Lancet -WPA Commission on depression.
In the past, as Professor and Director of Psychiatry in St. Vincent’s Health Melbourne she led the development of an integrated area mental health service under Australia’s national reform of mental health care. For one year she acted as regional adviser in mental health for the WHO’s Western Pacific Region, based in Manila. Her research and practice interests include community mental health care and promoting mental health. She has past and present research programs in the mental health of marginalised groups, including homeless people, prisoners, and young women and men living in out-of-home care. She is now leading the WPA’s action plan that is concerned with supporting the contribution of psychiatrists to global mental health.