Kerryn Pennell

Job role: 
Director, Strategy and Policy
Affiliation: 
Member type: 
Policy Maker
Practitioner/Implementer
Other
Brief Biography: 

Kerryn Pennell is Director, Strategy & Policy at Orygen. She and her team are responsible for leading Orygen’s strategy, policy development, government relations and building key relationships and partnerships in Australia and overseas.

Kerryn has worked in clinical and leadership positions for over 25+ years and has played a pivotal role in developing responses to early psychosis and youth mental health in Australia.

Over the years Kerryn has and continues to serve on a number of national and international committees in the area of youth mental health, ethics, health practitioner regulation and mental health workforce.

Kerryn was a scholar in the Leadership Enhancement in Health Care and Management Program at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in NYC and a recipient of a Creswick Foundation Fellowship. Her peers recently appointed her as a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work.

She was a Founding Member of the International Early Psychosis Association and the International Association for Youth Mental Health. Kerryn is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne.

Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Human rights
Empowerment and service user involvement
Advocacy
Detection and diagnosis
Regions of interest: 
North America
Asia
Europe
Oceania
Setting: 
Community
Primary care
Specialist care
Population: 
Children and adolescents
Disorders of interest: 
Psychosis/bipolar disorder
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Alcohol/drug use disorders
Self-harm/suicide
Country: 
Australia

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