|1956 Olympics men's waterpolo team. |
Bill Orchard front row, 2nd from right.
Photo courtesy ow.ly/DBdlF
Renowned psychiatrist and former Olympian Dr Bill Orchard died last week at the age of 84. Dr Orchard was the driving force behind the development of mental health services in Victorian general hospitals in the 1970s.
Dr Orchard studied to be a psychiatrist in the US and UK as a Fulbright scholar and was later appointed Honorary Psychiatrist, Head of Unit at Prince Henry’s Hospital.
He played a seminal role in the establishment of the revitalised Psychiatry Unit and a Psychiatry Training program at Prince Henry's. This in turn provided a fertile context for the establishment of the Monash University Department of Psychological Medicine.