The Mental Health Service Awards of
Australia and
New Zealand

About the Awards

The Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand recognise innovation, research excellence, best practice and lived experience leadership in mental health services. They also aim to reduce stigma by acknowledging responsible media reporting of mental health issues and encourage others to promote the importance of mental health and wellbeing.

Award winners are honoured at a prestigious ceremony each year, as part of TheMHS Annual Conference. They also receive a three- day conference registration, financial support to attend an ‘in person’ conference, and recognition on TheMHS website and media materials.

When are the TheMHS Awards?

The next Awards will be presented at TheMHS 2024 Canberra Conference.

We acknowledge the Commonwealth Government Department of Health’s longstanding support for the Awards, which has enabled recognition of significant individuals, programs, research and services in mental health since 1992.

How to Apply?

It’s free to submit an entry to the Awards.

Simply click on the Awards Categories below to see which category of Award best fits with your intended entry. Once you’re there, go through all the criteria and information you will need to provide to participate successfully. Then, download the PDF document to see the rules, guidelines and disclaimers that apply for that specific category and follow the process before clicking on the APPLY button. For additional support in your application, click here for a guided video.

Note: Award Winner’s from the previous year are not eligible to enter a submission

Key Dates 2021

Key Dates

  • 2024 Award submissions have closed.
  • The Mental Health Services Awards Ceremony will be held on August 28 at TheMHS Conference in Canberra. 


Exceptional Contribution Award

Early Career
Research Awards

Service and
Program Awards

Journalism Media & Storytelling Awards

Tom Trauer Evaluation and Research Award

Lived Experience Change Maker Awards

Meet our 2023 Award winners

People from all parts of mental health services have been recognised for their vital contributions to addressing mental health issues across Australia and New Zealand, in the TheMHS Mental Health Service Awards.

Seventeen awards across thirteen categories have been presented to individuals and organisations across the mental health sector, including clinicians, educators, researchers and service managers at the 2023 Mental Health Services Conference in Adelaide. 

The Awards acknowledge and promote: best-practice in the delivery of mental health services; innovation, consumer-focus and lived-experience leadership; excellence in mental health research; as well as media and journalism that helps decrease the stigma which can still be associated with mental distress.

Congratulations to all our 2023 Award Winners!