BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF AWARD RECIPIENT
Since 1987, Jenny Burger’s dedicated efforts have played a key role in improving mental health services in Victoria, emphasising the crucial role of families in the sector. Jenny was Deputy-Director of Schizophrenia Fellowship, the first Victorian organisation to provide community-based mental health services, vocational opportunities and supported accommodation. Jenny continued voluntary work as Deputy-Chair of Tandem and carer representative on National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum. She chaired the Forum’s Privacy, Confidentiality & Information Sharing Group, Southern Mental Health Association and Carer Consultant Network Victoria. She has trained staff in clinical and community services in working with families. At North West Area Mental Health Service, Jenny established a Carer Steering Committee, carer support groups, referral service, policies, brochures and training programs. She represented carers on a team redesigning services and is Co-Chair of the Consumer & Carer Advisory Group. NWAMHS is now recognised as a leader in family-inclusive practice.
This award represents an acknowledgement of an exceptional contribution, the results of which will flow on to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ORGANISATIONS
Schizophrenia Fellowship of Victoria, formed 1978, one of the first non-government mental-health services in Victoria, set up employment programs, supported accommodation, support groups, respite services, community education, residential rehabilitation, day programs, and mutual support and self-help programs. It now operates as MI Fellowship in Victoria, ACT, NSW and Tasmania.
Tandem (previously Victorian Mental Health Carers Network) is the peak body for mental health carers in Victoria, formed in the mid-1990s. For its organisational and individual members, it provides government interface, systemic advocacy, management of Carer Support Fund, support to Carer Consultant Network Victoria and Australian BPD Foundation, training, information services, Carer Forums and Carer Partnership Dialogue.
North West Area Mental Health Service, one of four adult mental health services within North West Mental Health, serves the Cities of Hume and Moreland. It provides triage, community teams, adult in-patient unit, community care unit and non-urgent mental health services.