Authors: Mental Health Commission, New Zealand
Event: 2001 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NZ
Award level: Winner
Award category: Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services in New Zealand
Abstract: Professor John Werry is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who trained in New Zealand and Canada. He is currently working in several services across New Zealand, and is a founding trustee of the Youth Horizons Trust for severely behaviourally disturbed young persons. Professor Werry’s distinguished academic and professional career includes appointments in Europe, Canada, the United States of America and New Zealand. In 1979 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists. He is a prolific writer of scientific papers in child psychiatry, and editor of numerous books. For several years he was a Member of Council of the Medical Research Council, and for six years he sat on a committee of the DSM IV Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association. However, John is perhaps best known in New Zealand for his instrumental role in the establishment of the academic Department of Psychiatry at Auckland University, and for his advocacy for services for children. He has worked tirelessly to ensure young people’s needs are acknowledged and addressed.