Beverley Raphael AM
Professor Beverley Raphael was Professor of Psychological and Addiction Medicine, Australian National University, Professor of Population Mental Health and Disasters, University of Western Sydney and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Queensland. During her time as President she developed the first proposal and template for a National Mental Health Policy for Australia and served on a multitude of College committees. She also developed National Strategies for Disaster Mental Health in Australia and made her expertise available to governments at state, national and international levels throughout a long and distinguished career.
Beverley was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to medicine particularly in the field of psychiatry in 1984, and in 1994 was awarded a Top Ten Australian Achievers Australia Day award for her work in mental health. She was also awarded the College Medal of Honour in 2008, for distinguished meritorious service to the College.
Beverley carried out research, policy and program development in population mental health, prevention, child and adolescent mental health as well as the impact of trauma and mental health and was a national and international Advisor in the field of disaster mental health.
Beverley was Foundation Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle, Professor and Chair at the University of Queensland and Director of Mental Health for New South Wales (1996–2005) before returning to academic posts at ANU and UWS.
An outstanding Fellow of the College who made a remarkable contribution to psychiatry, Professor Raphael passed away on 21 September 2018, a few weeks shy of her 84th birthday.
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