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Annual Alan Flisher Memorial Lecture 2015: ‘Shift from reactive…

On 18 August, the Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health again celebrated the life and work of Prof. Alan Flisher with the Annual Memorial lecture in his honour. A large gathering of friends, colleagues and family of this distinguished academic convened at Valkenberg Hospital’s Education centre to listen to Associate Professor Astrid Berg speak about the influence Flisher had on her own academic career.
Berg, a child & adolescent psychiatrist as well as a Jungian analyst spoke on the mental-health issues facing parents today. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and Associate Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University. She is also a senior consultant at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town where she heads the UCT Parent-Infant Mental Health Service.

Her lecture concluded with a call for “an urgent shift of emphasis from reactive intervention to prevention and health promotion.”

Prof. Flisher’s wife, Mehrunisa, together with some of her family members and friends also attended the lecture in honour of her late husband.

Prof Astrid BergProf. Berg and Flisher family

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to the audio of Prof. Berg’s lecture here.

View Prof. Berg’s presentation here.

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Honouring friend and colleague Alan Flisher

Photo Credit: Charl Linde
 

The Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health along with the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recently unveiled a plaque in honour of Alan Flisher at our shared premises in Rondebosch.

Attendees gathered to hear tributes from Alan’s family, friends and colleagues – this included his wife Mehrunisa, Prof Brian Robertson, CPMH Director Prof Crick Lund and Dr Wendy Vogel who represented Prof Petrus de Vries, head of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Following the tributes Alan’s children Adam and Khaleila unveiled the plaque.