The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates Professor Helen Herrman on becoming the first Australian to hold the position of President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA).
Professor Herrman has been a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists since 1987. She is the Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in Melbourne, and Director of Research at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne.
'The RANZCP is extremely proud of Professor Herrman’s achievement. It is a wonderful honour and we look forward to working closely with her as she leads the WPA over the next 3 years,' RANZCP President Dr Kym Jenkins said.
The WPA represents 200,000 psychiatrists from 117 countries and aims to promote the advancement of psychiatry and mental health for all peoples of the world, and increase the knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care of the mentally ill.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is a membership organisation that prepares medical specialists in the field of psychiatry, supports and enhances clinical practice, advocates for people affected by mental illness and advises governments on mental health care. For information about our work, our members or our history, visit www.ranzcp.org.