McGorry’s mental health minefield

AT THE eye of the stormy debate around mental health funding sits one man: the 2010 Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry.

While he’s lifted the profile of mental health among the general public – and been referred to as ‘the most powerful psychiatrist in the world’ – many of his peers have showered him with criticism since the 2011–12 federal budget.

That’s when funding was diverted from  the GP-led Better Access program to early intervention youth services, leaving GPs concerned that there would be a

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