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The first Australia and New Zealand Achievement Awards were presented by the Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, the Hon Brian Howe, MP, at the 1992 TheMHS Conference. TheMHS Awards are given to mental health services, programs and individuals in Australia and New Zealand who provide high quality services for people who have mental illnesses and their families. Invited presenters of TheMHS Awards have included a long list of eminent Australians and New Zealanders from all walks of life connected to mental health, including Governors General, two Australians of the Year, politicians, judiciary, bureaucrats and media personalities.

TheMHS AwardsTheMHS Awards celebrate achievements in mental health in four main domains: Service and Program Delivery, Mental Health Journalism, Evaluation and Research and Individual Exceptional Contribution. The process of preparing an entry is streamlined as each entry is required to address a number of key criteria. The judging is by a peer review process involving panels of judges aiming to be representative of  all participants in mental health care and drawn from both Australia and New Zealand. The Awards are presented by an honored guest at an Awards Ceremony held during the TheMHS annual conference. 


For Outstanding Contribution to Mental Health

TheMHS Outstanding Contribution Awards recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to mental health service delivery and acknowledge a remarkable accomplishment and wide sphere of influence.

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For Programs and Services 

TheMHS is committed to recognising positive aspects of service delivery, celebrating the good work being done and “sharing the news”. There are usually 8 categories so there will be one to suit your program or service.

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For Evaluation and Research

Our newest awards: The Tom Trauer Evaluation and Research Award, and the TheMHS Awards for Early Career Research in Mental Health aim to recognise the excellent work of an individual or research team for their work in research and evaluation.

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Media Awards

Promoting and rewarding achievement and excellence of accurate media coverage about mental health.

The aim of the Media Awards for journalism is to encourage positive, accurate and sensitive media coverage about mental health. The overall goal of the Media Awards is to communicate information, to reduce the impact of mental disorder and any associated stigma and to encourage people to seek treatment early. 

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Do you know a potential award winner?

Do you know of an impressive program, service or work of journalist that you would like to encourage to enter for a TheMHS Mental Health Award?

Please encourage them to enter or let us know and provide us with their contact information to TheMHS will follow up with further details and support to assist with the submission of an entry.

The source of the recommendation will always remain confidential.