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Alan Stoller CBE

President 1970

Dr Alan Stoller was a Foundation Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, served as College President in 1970 and was the first Australian to become President of the World Federation of Mental Health (1964-65).

In 1953 he was appointed the first Chief Clinical Officer with the newly created Mental Health Authority of Victoria with statutory responsibility for standards of treatment, training of medical staff and research.

A prolific and internationally-recognised researcher, in 1955 he initiated and directed the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria and also prepared the landmark ‘Stoller Report’ for the Commonwealth government, looking at conditions and needs in mental health facilities across Australia.

He was a World Health Organisation consultant from 1951-84 and advisor to the Thailand, Mexican and Indonesian governments and was honoured by all three countries. In recognition of his services he was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire).

In 1949, Dr Stoller established the Australasian Psychiatric Quarterly Newsletter, which was the first official publication of the Australasian Association of Psychiatrists and was for many years the primarily vehicle for disseminating information and communication on the psychiatric profession. In 1967 he became the Founding Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, the first Australasian journal devoted to new scientific research in psychiatry.

In 2008, Dr Stoller’s family donated his old journals to the College, which allowed the full back catalogue of the ANZJP to be permanently digitised. “The Stoller Reading Room” at the RANZCP’s head office in Melbourne was named in his honour in 2012.

More information

Presidential Address: Social Psychiatry and Public Health*