Professor Garry Walter AM
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Professor Garry Walter is Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,University of Sydney and is based in the Northern Clinical School. He has further professorial appointments at the university's Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) and at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. A child and adolescent psychiatrist, Garry is also Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Northern Sydney Local Health District; he was formerly Director of Thomas Walker Hospital ("Rivendell") and Central Sydney Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
Garry is International Editor-at-Large of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and serves on, or is Adviser to, several other editorial boards. From 2001-2013 he was Editor of Australasian Psychiatry, published on behalf of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). Garry has published over 350 papers, book chapters and books and has won a number of key research awards for his individual studies, presentation of findings and body of work. He has delivered invited talks at major meetings and universities locally and abroad, including at Yale in 2011. In his career, Garry has provided advice and consultation to a variety of State, national and international departments and organisations in relation to complex clinical cases, policies and program development. These include psychiatric associations (e.g. RANZCP, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, World Psychiatric Association), medical boards and governments (e.g. Australian State and Commonwealth Health Departments, New Zealand Health Ministry, Canadian Health Commission), among other organisations. In 2009, Garry was awarded a prestigious "College Citation" by the RANZCP for "a remarkable contribution to the College and the profession of psychiatry through his exceptional and tireless work as Editor of Australasian Psychiatry, and as a leading investigator, educator, administrator and clinician". In 2012, Garry was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine in the fields of adolescent mental health, medical education and publishing.[Hide detail]
Professor Walter's major research interests are in mood disorders in young people, physical treatments in psychiatry, genocide and severe trauma, psychiatric stigma, medical education, use and abuse of media, publishing processes and ethics. His collaborations are with colleagues throughout Australasia, the Middle East, North America and Europe. His PhD was on the use of electroconvulsive therapy in the young.