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ECU South West welcomes Australian of the Year for the Critical Horizons Series

Friday, 29 October 2010


More than 200 guests attended the ECU South West Campus on Thursday, 28 October to welcome 2010 Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry and 2010 WA Australian of the Year, ECU’s Foundation Chair of Ageing and Alzheimer’s disease, Professor Ralph Martins as part of the Critical Horizons Future Series Seminar.

The seminar discussed global trends and how they affect regional communities in the South West region, helping residents become better prepared for the future.

During his presentation Professor Martins discussed his research into Alzheimer’s disease and outlined the potential challenges and solutions facing disease treatment, including the development of an early diagnostic blood test.

Leading international researcher in mental health care, Professor McGorry, outlined the importance of simple interventions and the ‘right care at the right time’ as effective ways to approach 21st Century mental health care.

Dean of the Faculty of Regional Professional Studies, Mr Robert Irvine, said it was a privilege to host Professors McGorry and Martins, who led an inspired discussion into the future of mental health in Australia.

“The Critical Horizons Series is a fantastic initiative involving ECU, Rotary Clubs of Bunbury and the South West Development Commission, and allows the South West community to hear from international leaders on a range of topics.”

For more information on the Critical Horizons Series, including upcoming events, visit the Critical Horizons Series website.

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