Who We Are

Peter McGeorge


Associate Professor Peter McGeorge

Peter McGeorge is an Adolescent and General Psychiatrist who has extensive experience in the development, delivery, and review of mental health services. He is currently focusing this work on a PhD under the supervision of Professor Luis Salvador- Carulla at the University of Canberra.

Professor McGeorge was the Director of the Inner-City Health Programme at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney with having overall responsibility for Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug and Homeless Health Services, as well as. At St Vincents Hospital he was also a Consultant Psychiatrist in Emergency Psychiatry.

In New Zealand Professor McGeorge was the Chair of the New Zealand Mental Health Commission from 2008 to 2010, and is a member of the Child and Adolescent Faculty within the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). He has specialised in the development and delivery of services for youth and their families as the head of an Adolescent Psychiatric Service in Auckland NZ and the establishment of a Young Adults Service at St Vincent’s Private Hospital. 

He was affiliated with several NGOs in New Zealand as Chair and Patron of the NZ Mental Health Foundation, a board member of the Framework Trust and as a founder/member and Chair of the Youth Horizons Trust. 

In Australia he has been a Board member of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (now Flourish) and the Wayside Chapel. He was Clinical Lead for NSW Health “Pathways to Community Living Initiative” (PCLI) between 2014-2018. 

Internationally he has been a board member and Oceania Regional Vice-President of the World Federation for Mental Health, a board member of the International Mental Health Collaborating Network and a Senior Associate of the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC). Currently he is the Medical Director for the Mid-Central District Health Board in New Zealand.  

He has been involved in deinstitutionalisation projects, national policy development, reviews of Mental Health Services and the implementation of comprehensive systems of integrated, person-centred mental health care.  His research interests include the description, functioning and evaluation of systems of integrated, systems of quality mental healthcare at regional, national and international levels. He is currently focusing this work on a PhD under the supervision of Professor Luis Salvador- Carulla at the University of Canberra.

Selection of published papers

D Watson, B Emmerson, P McGeorge, M Fogarty (2007) Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 41 (1 suppl), A96-A97 “Everything You Need to Know about Mental Health Services for Inner City Emergency Departments

McGeorge A P (2008) Mental Health in New Zealand. International Psychiatry Vol 5 Number 1

P McGeorge (2012) Lessons learned in developing community mental health care in Australasia and the South Pacific, World Psychiatry, 11 (2), 129-132

Thornicroft GAlem AAntunes Dos Santos RBarley EDrake REGregorio GHanlon CIto HLatimer ELaw AMari JMcGeorge PPadmavati RRazzouk DSemrau MSetoya YThara RWondimagegn D (2010): WPA guidance on steps, obstacles and mistakes to avoid in the implementation of community mental health care. Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK. World Psychiatry. Jun;9(2):67-77.

W Brunton, P McGeorge (2017) Grafting    

and Crafting New Zealand’s Mental Health

Policy in Mental Health in Asia and the

Pacific – Historical and Cultural


Editors: Minas, Harry, Lewis, Milton (Eds.)Hossein Tabatabaei-Jafari, Jose A Salinas-Perez, Mary Anne Furst, Nasser Bagheri, John Mendoza, David Burke, Peter McGeorge, Luis Salvador-Carulla (2020) Patterns of Service Provision in Older People’s Mental Health Care in Australia International journal of environmental research and public health 17 (22), 8516\\\