Stanley Mirams OBE
Dr Stanley Mirams was born and educated in Wellington, New Zealand. He obtained his Degree in Medicine at the University of Otago in 1942 and worked primarily with children and adolescents before joining the public service.
From 1964 until his retirement in 1979, Dr Mirams was the Director of the Division of Mental Health in the New Zealand Department of Health. He played an important part in a turbulent time as mental health practice pivoted from a predominantly closed institutional approach to the more open, community-based effort it still is today.
His efforts on behalf of consumers were admirable and long-lasting, and in 1980 his contribution was recognised by his appointment as an Officer in the Order of the British Empire.
He also made far-reaching improvements to other areas of health, convening the inaugural Professional Advisory Committee for the War Pensions Medical Research Trust which funds health research from unclaimed pensions, being a Foundation Member of Marriage Guidance Council of NZ Counsellor Training Scheme, and as a member of the NZ Prisons Parole Board from 1965 – 1980.
He was also a Member of the World Health Organisation Expert Panel on Mental Health.
Few records remain of Dr Mirams’ involvement with the College apart from his time as President from 1968 to 1969. This period covered the establishment of the College’s scientific journal The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, and the formal inclusion of the Section (now Faculty) of Forensic Psychiatry.
Presidential address: Crime and Punishment