Professor Pat McGorry AO on Australia’s mental health breakdown, the Royal Commission, and reasons for optimism

July 21, 2019

Professor Patrick McGorry AO is an Irish-Australian psychiatrist, leading international researcher, clinician and advocate for mental health reform. Many Australians will recognise him as the 2010 Australian of the Year and for his leadership of mental health organisations such as Orygen Youth Health and Headspace. Pat is Chair of the Expert Advisory Committee for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

In this conversation, Pat reflects on his early life and journey into medicine and psychiatry, his work in founding and leading pioneering youth mental health organisations, the scale of the mental health crisis in Australia, and the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. It’s a wide-ranging interview with a deeply humane and intelligent individual who has spent a lifetime in service to society’s most vulnerable people, working to solve one of humankind’s greatest afflictions.

E quindi uscimmo a rivedere le stelle.
And so we came forth, and once again beheld the stars.