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November 2010
Announcement from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Professor Helen HerrmanAward for Professor Helen Herrman

Each year, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists presents awards to acknowledge outstanding achievements and contributions to psychiatry, the community, and the College.

Professor Helen Herrman was awarded the prestigious College Citation at the College’s annual congress in Auckland in May 2010 for her clinical and academic leadership and her significant contribution to international and national mental health.

An internationally-recognised expert in the field of mental health promotion, Professor Herrman has extensive research and leadership credentials in epidemiological and community psychiatry, depression in primary health care, and clinical psychiatric service development. Professor Herrman is Professor of Psychiatry, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in Melbourne. From 1992-2005 she was Professor and Director of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health, Melbourne and the University of Melbourne.

Professor Herrman has established partnerships to benefit psychiatry in the Asia-Pacific region and globally. As Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, Professor Herrman actively fostered local community psychiatry initiatives and training programs for clinicians throughout the region. She has been involved in the development of regional mental health strategies through the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office.

Professor Herrman’s dedication to improving mental health outcomes globally is further demonstrated by her extensive involvement with the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). She has an active role in the WPA’s Executive Committee as Secretary for Publications that includes convening an innovative taskforce on best practices for working with service users and carers, and a range of scientific and organising responsibilities. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Chronic Diseases and Conditions, and is the World Federation for Mental Health’s Regional Vice-President, Oceania.

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