Find Your Voice Podcast: Australia’s Youth Mental Health Crisis

Welcome to Find Your Voice with Zoe Daniel.

In this episode, I lead a focused collaboration on the escalating youth mental health crisis in Australia with a panel of distinguished guests including Professor Patrick McGorry, Executive Director of Orygen; Andrew Wallace MP, the Member for Fisher; and Dr Mike Freelander MP, revered paediatrician and Member for Macarthur. Against the backdrop of the alarming surge in mental health conditions among young individuals, this conversation navigates the complexities and causes of this growing crisis, the necessity for comprehensive reforms, including enhanced primary and specialized care, and the crucial need to streamline efforts for the betterment of Australia’s youth mental well-being.

Panellists include:

  • Professor Patrick McGorry, the Executive Director of Orygen and Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. Professor McGorry is a world-leading researcher in the area of early psychosis and youth mental health. Notably, he led the advocacy which resulted in the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, known today as Headspace.
  • Andrew Wallace MP, the Federal Member for Fisher. Andrew is passionate about improving mental health outcomes, with a particular focus on youth mental health, suicide prevention, eating disorder treatment and veteran and first-responder wellbeing.
  • Dr Mike Freelander MP, the Federal Member for Macarthur. Dr. Freelander has consistently championed the welfare of our youth, ensuring they receive optimal opportunities for a promising future with a career spanning 37 years as a dedicated pediatrician in Campbelltown.




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