World-Leading Researcher in Perth Next Week to Address Youth Psychosis

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Patrick McGorry

Professor Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year in 2010 for his decades of outstanding work, advocacy and leadership in youth mental health, will be visiting Perth’s youth early psychosis clinics and delivering a presentation on 6th September, 2017.

The purpose of the visit is to educate health professionals and the broader community on youth psychosis services to ultimately improve mental health outcomes for young people.
“I’m very much looking forward to visiting Perth to support Black Swan Health’s delivery of the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Progam.” said Professor Patrick McGorry.

“With research showing that getting in as early as possible greatly improves treatment outcomes for young people with mental ill-health, the delivery and support of the hYEPP program is critical in building capacity for young people to reach their potential and to fully engage with their lives”, he said.

Professor Patrick McGorry is the Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, and a Director of the Board of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace). In addition to this, Professor McGorry led the development of the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP) – the only comprehensive, free and accessible service for treating early psychosis in young people across Australia.

Black Swan Health Ltd has experienced great success in delivering the hYEPP program from its Joondalup and Osborne Park headspace clinics. In the 2016/17 financial year alone, Black Swan Health’s hYEPP service held 6,151 face-to-face clinical consultations with 12-25-year-olds who were at risk of or in the early stages of psychosis.

This early intervention is perhaps the most crucial form of treatment available, as Professor McGorry noted in his presentation at the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP): “If you offer early treatment, the person’s life can be preserved, their trajectory, their social world and their prospects can be safeguarded. If you wait for five or ten years, people are in their late twenties and thirties and a critical period of life has passed them by.”

Professor McGorry’s presentation “Early Psychosis Services for Young People” will be targeted at health professionals, however consumers, carers and other interested individuals are welcome to attend.

Event: “Early Psychosis Services for Young People” with Professor Patrick McGorry AO
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am (registration from 9am) Date: Wed, 6 September 2017
Location: Churchlands Senior High School Concert Hall, 20 Lucca Street, Churchlands.
Cost: this is a free event.
RSVP: email or call 9301 8900 ASAP to avoid missing out.

Click here for full event details.
Click here for further information on the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program.
Click here to learn more about youth psychosis from a young person’s personal story.