The award categories have changed over time to reflect the changing emphasis of the Strategy. There are six categories for Programs and Services. These programs demonstrate best practice models, innovation and genuine consumer participation.
The Outstanding Contribution Awards recognise Australian and New Zealander individuals who have had a outstanding impact on mental health service delivery. These awards acknowledge a remarkable accomplishment and wide sphere of influence. The Outstanding Contribution Awards encompass the long running and prestigious Award for Exceptional Contribution by an Individual; and the top award, the TheMHS Medal for Mental Health.