Helen Herrman is Professor of Psychiatry at Orygen, National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and The University of Melbourne; and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Mental Health, Melbourne.
She is President Elect of the World Psychiatric Association and immediate Past President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health and the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry. She is a member of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development 2015-2017.
She is a psychiatrist and public health practitioner, and research practitioner fellow of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. In the past, she was Professor and Director of Psychiatry in St. Vincent’s Health Melbourne. In that capacity she led the development of an integrated area mental health service under Australia’s national reform of mental health care. For one year in that period she acted as regional adviser in mental health for the WHO’s Western Pacific Region, based in Manila.
She has special interests in community mental health care and promoting mental health. She has past and present research programs in the mental health of marginalised groups, including homeless people, prisoners, and young women and men living in out-of-home care.
She has been appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia, and awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Medical Science from the University of Melbourne.