Nominations for the Australian Mental Health Award are now open, which aims to recognize Australians who are pioneering work in mental health.
Lucy Brogden AM, co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Australian Mental Health Award, said: “Undoubtedly, the last few years have been some of the most challenging in recent history. However, many inspiring Australians have shown genuine leadership in promoting good mental health as well as in the prevention and treatment of mental illness in areas such as advocacy, research or community service. We want people all over the country to nominate these heroes so that we can recognize their important work. ”
Co-chair and former award winner Professor Alan Fells AO said: “Australia has released several surprisingly effective mental health initiatives and programs. Recognition of this work will help maintain mental health on the national agenda and maintain good mental health in this country.
“Although much has been achieved and continues, much remains to be done. I urge all Australians to nominate someone they think should be recognized for their critical work in mental health. ”
This year the award has expanded to receive nominations in four categories:
Aborigines or inhabitants of the Torres Strait: For the recognition and celebration of outstanding aborigines or residents of the Torres Strait in mental health at the national or public level.
Experience: Recognize and celebrate outstanding leadership in mental health by a person who has mental health experience, personally or as a supporter, at the national level.
Professional: To recognize and celebrate outstanding leadership in mental health in the clinical, academic or professional sectors nationally.
Community Hero: Recognize and celebrate outstanding leadership in mental health at the state or community level.
Professor of Scientia Henry Brody AO of Medicine and Health UNSW said: “Leadership comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, so we think it’s important to expand the nominations into four significant categories. They give people more flexibility in how they choose candidates.
“While we will continue to recognize people who have dedicated their lives to improving the mental health of Australians nationally, we particularly wanted to highlight the incredible work of Aboriginal and mental health leaders of Torres Strait residents as well as people with life experiences. who have so much understanding and wisdom to share. We also wanted to recognize the heroes of our communities, because a lot of innovative work begins at the grassroots level in local communities, ”Brodaty said.
The Australian Mental Health Award was founded in 2016 by the School of Psychiatry of Medicine and Health in Sydney.
How to highlight
To participate, candidates will answer three questions about the candidate’s contribution to mental health and how it affects. Nominations are filled out using an online form.
Questions about the nomination can be obtained at: http://australianmentalhealthprize.org.au.
Applications open on June 14 and close on August 1. The winners will be announced in late September.