The Awards Selection Process

How are award winners selected?

The Mental Health Service Awards is a peer reviewed process, based on information supplied in the written entry. Each entry is evaluated against the published criteria for that Award category. For a TheMHS Award to be granted, an entry must satisfy each of the stated criteria.

TheMHS Learning Network reserves the right to make changes to the number of awards in each category. There is a possibility that no award is granted for a category. The Judges’ decision is final.

Non-Award Level Recognition

In addition to the Award winners, judges may wish to award a Highly Commended recognition to acknowledge quality aspects of an entry and encourage further development.

The Judging Panels

TheMHS Awards Judging Panels are convened for each category of the Awards. Each panel is comprised of five judges, who cover a broad spectrum of mental health disciplines across Australia and New Zealand. These can include mental health consumers and carers, academics, researchers, psychiatrists, program managers, and health workers.

The Media Awards Judging Panels are comprised of a mix of communication and media professionals, and mental health experts.

The respective panels review all Award submissions and decide on the Award winners in collaboration with the Awards Manager.

Award Judges 2023

Brendan O’Hanlon

Carrie Lumby

Ann White

Julia Hennessy

Jo River

Mark Smith

Peter McGeorge

Shane Fenwick

Tim Heffernan

Kate Priddle

Emma Pryse Jones

Andrea Taylor

Carlene Kemp

Catherine Campbell

Flick Grey

Luke Green

Lyndal Sherwin

Michael Smith

Rochelle Hine

Ann Dadich

Julie Millard

Scott Neirinckx

Ellie Fossey

Carol Churchill

Darryl Maybery

Joe Calleja

Keith Sutton

Lynne Malcolm 

Mironne Golan

Sadie Robertson

Stephen Suttie

Tully Rosen

Fiona Orr

Carolyn Ngan

Douglas Holmes OAM

Justin Scanlan

Kat Bhathena

Roger Gurr

Nicola Newton

Sam Higgins

Gayle McNaught

Joshua Matheson

Alexandra Keller

The Judging Process

Judges score each entry according to the criteria as stated on the website (for specific criteria please see the webpage for the relevant category). These criteria need to be addressed in the full description section (“Part B”) of each entry.

To help control for inter-rater variability, those entries receiving first and second places for each judge are taken into account. Judges meet to confer on each Award category and to decide who will receive Awards or Highly Commended recognition.

Entrants are asked to nominate 2 referees as part of the submission process.  Referees may be contacted to provide further clarification regarding content of an entry.


If a conflict of interest arises where a judge or other person concerned with the Awards Program finds that he or she has been involved in the development or implementation of  an Award program or service, the judge notifies the Awards Manager. He or she will not be involved in marking the relevant entry and will absent themselves from any discussions regarding that entry.

To learn more about the TheMHS 2024 Awards, click here.