Professor Ian Falloon

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Authors: University of New Zealand

Year: 2006

Event: 2006 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: NZ

Award level: Winner

Award category: Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services in Australia or New Zealand

Abstract: Professor Ian Falloon is a New Zealander, a longstanding Professor of Psychiatry at University of Auckland, a regular contributor to TheMHS Conference in our early years, and for some years now has been the Director of the innovative Optimal Treatment Project (OTP), centered in Europe. He was the principal investigator of a landmark randomized study of family intervention in schizophrenia in California, followed by a multi-centred collaborative study across the USA. He then instigated a comprehensive package of integrated biological and psychosocial interventions across the entire county of Buckinghamshire, UK, working closely with GP's, while systematically transferring information and practical cognitive behavioural skills directly to all their clientele with any psychiatric symptoms and their families. Such integrated care reduced the incidence of severe mental illnesses throughout the county, & Professor Falloon became one of the pioneers of early prevention & intervention in psychosis. Many have built on his visionary work, while OTP projects in different parts of the world have now replicated his earlier positive results. Postscript: Regrettably, since the decision was made to grant this special award, Ian Falloon has passed away on 13 July this year. Description of Facility/Organisation:

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