Past Award Winners

AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE IN AUSTRALIA OR NEW ZEALAND

2016: Auckland, New Zealand

PRESENTER: Kevin Allan, Mental Health Commissioner, Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, New Zealand

Bernadette McSherry

Founding Director, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF AWARD RECIPIENT

Professor Bernadette McSherry is the Foundation Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne. She is an internationally recognised legal academic in the field of mental health law (and criminal law) and became an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in December 2007. Professor McSherry is widely recognised for advancing human rights-based mental health services in Australia and internationally. Her work on ‘supported decision-making’ has helped shape current law, policy and practice, which aims to strengthen the self-determination and right to health of mental health service users.

After working as a solicitor at Coltmans and as an Associate for the then Justice James Gobbo at the Supreme Court of Victoria, Professor McSherry commenced her academic career in the Monash Law School in 1991. At this point, she began contributing to the mental health law field. She became the Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Law and Mental Health in June 2011 and in that year she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

From 2001, she has served as a Legal Member of the Mental Health Review Board of Victoria and was a Legal Member of the Psychosurgery Review Board of Victoria from 2005-2010.

Professor McSherry is a member of the editorial committees of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health; the Journal of Commonwealth Criminal Law; Psychology, Public Policy and Law; Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and is the co-editor of the Legal Issues Column for the Journal of Law and Medicine.

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.


Jenny Burger

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.

 


Jim Burdett

Founder of The Mind and Body Group

2016 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT FOR PEER WORK IN NEW ZEALAND AWARD

Awarded to Jim Burdett, Auckland, New Zealand. Jim is the founder, and until the end of 2015 was the director, of The Mind and Body Group and has been active in consumer affairs since 1997 in a variety of roles.

This award represents an acknowledgement of an outstanding peer who has had significant influence on the development of the service user, consumer and peer workforce and has demonstrated leadership in bringing about innovation and sustainable change within that workforce in the area of mental health and addiction.

2015: Canberra

PRESENTER: The Hon Dr Kay Patterson, National Mental Health Commissioner

Helen Herrman

Director, Research at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, VIC

President Elect of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)

Professor Helen Herrman is a world leader in psychiatry, public health and community mental health service reform. Professor Herrman’s endeavours have led to major advances in scholarship, academic development and clinical practice in local, national and international frameworks of policy and practice. Her lifetime of accomplishments were recently recognised with her election as President Elect of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), the first Australian to achieve this and the first woman in three decades. Herrman is Professor of Psychiatry at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health. Today, many thousands of people across the globe are now receiving the best practice in mental health care because of Herrman’s tireless championing of reform and progress in mental health services.

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people. At Orygen, our leadership and staff work to deliver cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education to ensure that there is continuous improvement in the treatments and care provided to young people experiencing mental ill-health. Our work has created a new, more positive approach to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders, and has developed new models of care for young people with emerging disorders. This work has been translated into a worldwide shift in services and treatments to include a primary focus on getting well and staying well, and health care models that include partnership with young people and families

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.

 


Brendan O’Hanlon

The Bouverie Centre, VIC

Brendan qualified as a social worker in 1982 and commenced his career in mental health in 1987. He worked in adult mental health in Victoria for ten years before moving in 2006 to the Bouverie Centre where he is the manager of the Mental Health Program. Brendan has devoted his work life to changing the practices of mental health services to routinely include families and has pioneered implementation approaches using evidence based models, including Building Family Skills Together, Multiple Family Groups, and Single Session Family Consultation, in adult and youth mental health services. In addition to qualifications in Family Therapy, Brendan has just completed his PhD titled ‘Building Family Skills Together – Implementing Family Interventions in an adult mental health team’. Brendan is the consummate quiet achiever. His dedication to embedding family inclusive practice, his values of respecting lived experiences and striving to change practice is an inspiration to those who know him. His astonishing knowledge, compassionate personality, and incredible work ethic make him a delight to work with and admired by all his colleagues. The Bouverie Centre is a state-wide specialist mental health service that aims to improve the lives of individuals and families through working with family and other significant relationships. This is achieved through providing clinical services to 200 families a year and through service and workforce development, academic training and research. The Bouverie Centre operates under the auspice of La Trobe University and has an EFT of 30 that comprises specialist family practitioners and administrative staff. The Centre receives funding from the Mental Health, Ageing and Wellbeing Division of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. The Mental Health Program aims to build capacity of mental health services to constructively engage families through innovative implementation projects and practice model design and adaption. The program comprises a manager, a Carer Academic, the state-wide co-ordinator of the Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness strategy and two Family Practice Consultants 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.

 


Janet Peters

Psychologist, Tauranga, New Zealand

Janet Peters’ contribution to the mental health field is extensive both within New Zealand and internationally. While not often “the public face” of projects or topics, she has quietly led significant “behind the scenes” work in many areas. Examples of her work nationally includes:
• Like Minds Like Mine campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness
• The National Depression Initiative
• Talking Therapies
• The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership.
Janet has published many reports and articles in the mental health and primary care sectors. In addition, her own experience as a child of parents with mental health problems, has led to an interest in supporting children, thus she has published a book for children aimed at providing an opportunity for them to talk about illness and recovery with their parents or support person.
Underpinning her career accomplishments are her empathy, compassion, loyalty, sense of humour, creativity and love of learning.
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.

2014: Perth

PRESENTER: Professor Fiona Stanley Distinguished Research Professor at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, UWA; Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne

Douglas Holmes, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW

Mental Health Consumer Participation Officer,
St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW

Douglas’s contribution to the Mental Health Service at a local, state, and national level over a long period started in 1992 when he was diagnosed with Bipolar affective disorder. The TheMHS conference in Brisbane in 1996 inspired him to change the mental health service so that other consumers could have a better recovery journey than he and his family had. He became a member of the NSW Consumer Advisory Group Mental Health incorporated (NSW CAG) from 1997 to 2000, and a founding member of the Australian Mental Health Consumer Network from 1997. He became the NSW CAG’s Executive Officer from 2000 till 2006. His goal was to embed consumer participation at the core of Mental Health Service in NSW. Since 2006 Douglas has worked at St Vincents Hospital as the Mental Health Consumer Participation Officer to put the policies he had worked on into action.

The Inner City SUPER Group is a consumer group in the O’Brien Centre at St Vincent’s Hospital, Inner City Health Program. It allows people with an interest in Recovery to network and share ideas that promote St Vincent’s Hospital becoming a recovery-focused service. The aim of participants in the Inner City SUPER Group (Service Users, Participating, Educating and Researching), is for people to go there and find out and share ideas about recovery. SUPER group members encourages participants to identify their dreams, find out what they want to do, then encourage people to use their Consumer Wellness Plans to find out their strengths and identify strategies to stay well and follow their dreams. Service providers visit the group by invitation, consulting with members about projects in the Mental Health Service, and give their support and information about services available. Interested people from across the Inner City community can participate in the group.

Awarded in recognition of unswerving dedication to the betterment of services to support consumer wellbeing; for extraordinary determination to ask questions and seek out answers; for outstanding expertise, freely given, with a “can do” attitude be it for national policy or a local art group.

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.

 


Erica Lee

Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Mater Health Services
Brisbane, QLD

Erica Lee, Exceptional Manager Exceptional contributor to Child and adolescent mental health services has had a crucial leadership role in the transformation of local isolated services into an integrated organisation, and in doing so delivered a ten -fold increase in mental health services to children, youth and families. Erica has been committed to listening to the consumers of the service, responding to their needs and driving the development of numerous programs many a first of their kind for Queensland. Eg eg KIDZ Club first Copmi service in Queensland, Multicultural Program and interagency meetings. Erica took a leading role in employing the first Indigenous Consultant and Consumer Consultants in CYMHS in Queensland and in 2002 she facilitated the establishment of the kidsinmind Research Unit. Erica has been at the forefront of child and adolescent mental health services in Queensland for more than 20 years and in recent years involved nationally and internationally through the IIMHL leadership program. She has advocated tirelessly for resources and models of care that meet the needs of this particular population. Mater CYMHS commenced in 1996.

Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service provides specialised assessment and treatment services for children, young people and their families who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties and complex mental disorders. The service provides predominantly public health services managed by Mater Health Services. The service covers a large geographical area with an estimated population of 415,300 of which 124 200 (30%) are children and adolescents aged 0-19 years. A significant proportion is of a non-English speaking background (18%) and 1.45% are from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. There are 145 schools in the catchment area. The service employs approximately 300 staff (150 FTE) and operates a budget in excess AUD20 million/annum. The service includes a 12 bed child and adolescent inpatient unit, an Extended Hours and Consultation Liaison Service and a Day Program. Specialist services include a Research Unit, Infant Mental Health Team, a Disaster Response Team of international acclaim and an Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service. Four community clinics operate in the southern suburbs of Brisbane as well as Brisbane South Evolve, a state wide service cross government initiative that aims to enhance mental health, school attendance and behavioural support for young people in the care of Department of Communities.

Awarded in recognition of outstanding dedication and leadership at the front line of service delivery; negotiating complex times to create an internationally recognised Child and Youth Mental Health Service where all involved can contribute with confidence to the vision and to the outcomes.

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.

2013: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Senator Jacinta Collins, Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing and Professor Allan Fels, AO, Chair, National Mental Health Commission.

Margaret Leggatt, Victoria

Dr. Margaret Leggatt has been a passionate and tireless advocate for the improvement of state, national and international mental health service and provision for the past 40 years.

Dr Leggatt’s hard work and determination to help de-stigmatize mental illness, promote involvement of families and carers in treatment and care planning and in decision making for people with a mental illness plus her advocacy on behalf of carers are unparalleled. Apart from her numerous publications, Margaret has recently resourced and assisted in the development and of the “Families as Partners in Mental Health” training course and continues to be in demand to deliver this training to mental health staff and undergraduates.

Margaret’s personal qualities of compassion and empathy coupled with her spirit and zest for life underpin her career accomplishments.


Anne Helm, Wellington, New Zealand

Anne Helm has worked tirelessly to highlight psychiatric abuse and advocate for change within mental health services in New Zealand. She has been at the forefront of the consumer movement in New Zealand for over thirty years and remains as passionate about the issues today, devoting time and energy to the cause of recovery and resolving issues from the past.

Anne’s work includes:

Panel member of the Confidential Forum for Former Inpatients of Psychiatric Hospitals established by the New Zealand Government.
Subsequent advocacy for a government response to the Forum findings including appearing in the Mental Notes
Advocacy and advisory work at local and national level
Work to promote the elimination of seclusion within mental health services in New Zealand
Mentoring and supporting the next generation of consumers

2012: Cairns

PRESENTER: Professor Allan Fels, AO, Chair, National Mental Health Commission and Dean, Australia and New Zealand School Of Government

Trevor Hazell, NSW

Trevor Hazell has worked at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health for 15 years and led the organisation as its Director for the past ten. He has worked to expand the Institute’s focus to include the application of health promotion strategies to the field of mental health. He led its early work in exploring ways in which professionals from a range of sectors can play a role in building resilience in individuals and communities leading to the evolution of the Institute’s Mindframe and Response Ability programs. In recent years he has supported the growth of the Institute’s work to include the development of models to better understand mental health promotion and the prevention of mental ill-health and the development of a national program to address the impact of major depression on those who love or care for a person with depression (the Partners in Depression Program). He is a leader who has invested in building the capacity of the Institute’s staff and other partners to ensure a co-ordinated and collaborative approach to improving mental health outcomes in Australia.

This award honours a collaborative leadership style which fosters the capacity of others to strive for innovation and excellence.

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.

 


Barbara Hocking

Since 1995, Barbara Hocking has been Executive Director of SANE Australia – a national charity working for a better life for all people affected by mental illness through education and support, applied research and campaigning for improved services and attitudes.

Amongst other responsibilities, Barbara is a member of the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council, the National Media and Mental Health Working Group, and serves on the Boards of SANE Australia and RUOK? Limited.

Barbara was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and educated at Queen’s University where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Zoology, before going on to study Education and Health Education.

Previously SANE’s Education Officer, Barbara has also worked in Health Promotion and Education in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Papua New Guinea.

She retired from her position as Executive Director of SANE Australia on 15 July 2012.

SANE works in partnership with a wide range of community, professional, academic, philanthropic and corporate groups and has won a number of awards for its applied research, education, campaigning and community awareness work.

SANE operates the SANE Helpline, a national 1800 Freecall telephone and online Helpline service, providing information and advice on all mental illnesses and referral to local services and through which the community’s concerns on a wide range of mental health issues are monitored. Reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, suicide prevention and improving the overall health of people with chronic illness (improved physical health for people with mental illness and improved mental health for people with other chronic conditions), are important campaign areas for SANE. (More can be learned about this work at www.sane.org.)

This award is in recognition of extraordinary leadership and dedication to the understanding of mental health issues within Australia and internationally; For a powerful positive influence in the area of stigma and discrimination reduction; For participation with wisdom and creativity in domains ranging from mental health policy development to groundbreaking TV programs. The results of which will flow on to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all.

2011: Adelaide

PRESENTER: The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

Leanne Craze, NSW

Dr Leanne Craze’s contribution to the field of mental health is through long professional contribution since the 1980s and commitment to supporting a national mental health consumer voice and leadership of the innovation inherent in the consumer consultation and outcome of the 2009 Commonwealth Government sponsored Scoping Study to inform the Establishment of a New Peak National Mental Health Consumer Organisation.

Leanne is widely acclaimed for her expertise in social research consultancy and her extensive knowledge of and contribution to mental health policy, service design and delivery and law. Her understanding of and commitment to principles and practice of social justice are also widely acknowledged.

Leanne’s ability to identify and frame an important emerging mental health issue and to then bring groups together to address that issue, has seen her contribute to a number of significant changes.

  • As Secretary to the HREOC’s Mental Illness inquiry, Leanne contributed to the commissioner’s recommendations for reform.
  • Leanne used her knowledge of mental health law to co-draft the National Model Mental Health Laws, a blue print for legislative reform.
  • Leanne’s PhD Thesis, the Care and Control of Mentally Ill Offenders in NSW, provided a framework for legislation and service reform for mentally ill offenders, including the removal of executive discretion.

 

  • Leanne’s research led to the establishment of the NSW Mental Health Advocacy Service and the introduction of legal representation at mental health inquiries.

This award acknowledges Leanne’s exceptional contribution, the results of which will flow on to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all.

2010: Sydney

PRESENTER: Senator Claire Moore, Senator for Queensland and Chair of the Senate Community Affairs Committee, representing the Australian Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon

Isabell Collins,  Melbourne, VIC

Isabell Collins has made a significant contribution towards mental health reform as an active and effective voice for mental health consumers. She is well known in the mental health system at both national and state levels.

Isabell is an outstanding and determined advocate for the protection of human rights of mental health consumers.it is not unusual for Ms Collins to be seen working with clients and their families long after normal office hours and on weekends. No one in need is turned away. She has been providing support and assistance to countless people living with a mental illness, inspiring people with hope.

Isabell participates in more than 20 mental health committees at all levels. She is a member of the National Mental Health Standing Committee, CHairperson of the National Mental HEalth Consumer and Carer Forum, and Member of the Victorian Mental Health Ministerial Advisory Committee.Isabell has a strong passion for her work and she is still indefatigable.

This award is in recognition of her dedication well beyond the “call of duty”, of passionate advocacy for human rights, of commitment at all levels of service planning, and for simply being there when needed. It represents our deep respect for an exceptional contribution, the results of which will flow on to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all.

2009: Perth

PRESENTER: Senator Claire Moore, Senator for Queensland and Chair of the Senate Community Affairs Committee

Betty Kitchener

Melbourne VIC

Betty Kitchener is the Director of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training Program. She started this program as an unpaid volunteer in 2000. In 2001, the program received a small grant from ACT Health which paid part of her salary to run MHFA courses in Canberra. From this small beginning the program has employed staff and spread nationally. There are now over 1000 accredited MHFA instructors operating across Australia. Over 85, 000 people have completed a MHFA course. A number of specialised versions of the course have been developed: Youth MHFA, Aboriginal MHFA, Vietnamese-Australian MHFA, and e-learning MHFA. The course has spread to the following other countries: Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, THailand, UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), USA. A number of studies, including randomised controlled trials, have found the course to be effective in improving knowledge, attitudes and helping behaviours.

This award honours the outstanding innovation and dedication of Betty Kitchener to mental health services through the creation of the Mental HEalth First Aid Training Program, and through untiring commitment to the development of the program in Australia and globally. This award represents our deep respect for an exceptional contribution, the results of which will flow on to enhance the mental health and well-being of all.

2008: Auckland

PRESENTER: Dr Janice Wilson, Deputy Director General, Population Health Directorate, New Zealand Ministry of Health

Beth Bailey

Melbourne VIC

For 14 years Beth has been a passionate advocate for collaboration between consumers, carers and clinicians, to improve the quality of mental health service. She has worked at local, State and National levels to achieve her goals. At St Vincent’s Hospital Mental Health Program she convened a Carer Support Group very effectively for 10 years inviting consumers and clinicians to attend on a regular basis.

At a State level, Beth was Chair of the peak Victorian Network for Carers of people with a mental illness until December 2007. At a National level, she was the first Victorian carer to represent the State on the National Consumer and Carer Forum from 2001 – 2006. She is universally regarded by her peers as a leader and catalyst for improvements in service delivery. Beth is an intelligent woman of absolute integrity, full of wisdom and wise judgement, with a keen sense of the contribution of others.

2007: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Senator the Hon. Brett Mason, Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing

Sandy Jeffs

Christmas Hills, VIC

Sandy Jeffs grew up and went to school in Ballarat. She graduated La Trobe University in 1975. She had her first psychotic episode when she was twenty three and since then has had a long struggle with schizophrenia requiring many hospitalisations. Over that time she has become an advocate for mental health and was among the first to speak publicly about her struggles with schizophrenia. Sandy has done a lot of media work, including radio and television appearance as well as published essays on mental health. She gives talks to community groups, school and university students about mental illness and teaches nursing students. She has travelled around Australia to speak at conferences to GPs and Psychiatrists. She has been a keynote speaker at conferences in Australia and New Zealand, receiving standing ovations.

Her poetry has been widely published in anthologies, magazines and a book entitled ‘Poems from the Madhouse’. Sandy Jeffs’ poems invite readers into the paradoxical worlds of insanity; the confusion and clarity, the courage and the fear, the bleak despair and the black comedy. Her works remind us of the extraordinary capacity of the human being to retain sanity in disaster. Sandy has received awards for her work in mental health from SANE Australia and the Mental Illness Fellowship. She was also an inductee onto the Inaugural Victorian Honour Roll of WOmen: Women Shaping the Nation 2001. She was on the board of Mental Illness Fellowship between 1996-2000.

Sandy has wholeheartedly displayed qualities of deep compassion and creativity given towards the recovery of others and accompanied by a unique message of hope and health through her poetry and humour. This award acknowledges an exceptional contribution to Mental Health Services.

 


Sharon Lawn

Southern Adelaide Health Service Bedford Park, SA

Sharon Lawn commenced work in mental health in 1985. She completed her PhD on smoking in mental health and from 1998 to 2005 was chair of the Tobacco in Mental Health Advisory Committee. She also contributed consultation, research, advice and impetus to mental health services throughout Australia, New Zealand and overseas (USA, UK and Europe) in relation to tobacco use in mental health settings. Sharon is currently involved in developing policy to support non-smoking inpatient and outpatient facilities in South Australia by the end of 2008. Sharon was involved with consumers through the Tobacco and Mental Illness project which had a focus of quit smoking and this was identified as a priority area for mental health. Numerous Be Smoke Free programs have now been run for consumers over the last nine years, with a high success rate. Through Sharon Lawn’s involvement with the Chronic Disease Self Management Project funding became available to engage consumers in a Partnerships in Care project. This linked consumers into the Chronic Condition Self Management Model of service delivery, which provided the vision for the Peer Supported Hospital to Home Project. The project’s focus is to support consumers post inpatient discharge to ease the transition home. The project uses the skills and experience of people with a lived experience of mental illness and currently living well with that mental illness to provide support to others with mental illness.

The Peer Supported Hospital to Home Project serves mental health consumers in the south of Adelaide by easing their transition from hospital to home. Under Sharon Lawn’s guidance, peer consumers who are living well assist consumers who are leaving the hospital to reintegrate into the community by providing support for a total of 12 hours over two weeks. The funding is provided by Metro Home Link. There are several such peer support workers, and the number of clients varies at any time, depending on how many people are discharged from the hospital and which of those people decide to receive the service. The project has been peer based and addresses issues such as funding for peer consultants and peer workers, quality assurance and support

This award recognises over twenty years of inventive and noteworthy work in mental health enriched by a holistic vision of health, optimism and collaboration with consumers to deliver quality recovery programs. It also acknowledges the exceptional contribution to mental health services in South Australia, the results of which flow on to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all.

2006: Townsville

PRESENTER: The Hon. Tony Abbott, Minister for Health

Ms Ngoc-Anh Nguyen

Western Region Health Centre (WRHC), Western Region Outreach Service (part of WRHC)

Ms Ngoc-Anh Nguyen has been working for almost 12 years in the Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation Support Service (PDRSS) sector in Melbourne as a bi-lingual mental health outreach worker. She has made a remarkable contribution in developing a unique Vietnamese model of working with people experiencing a psychiatric disability as a result of mental illness, their carers, family members, and the community. This model is known as Dung Hop, a model that is family and community based that reflects Vietnamese values and culture. As well as providing individual outreach services, Ngoc-Anh has also successfully established and effectively maintains a range of innovative creative programs targeting the Vietnamese community in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne, examples include, the Marriage Enhancement Program, Children’s Homework Group, Women’s Group, Family Outings, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Tutoring Program and the Young Volunteers Group. In early 1994, Ngoc-Anh was employed as a part time project worker with Western Region Outreach Service based in Footscray which has a large concentration of Vietnamese background population. In many ways, Ngoc-Anh has been a pioneer and has paved a path for mental health services to address the needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) consumers within their communities, in particular her own ethnic community. Ngoc-Anh’s position became full time in 1998. Through strong collaborative work with different mental health agencies (both clinical and PDRSS) and the Vietnamese community agencies, Ngoc-Anh has successfully developed the model of the Vietnamese Program, Dung Hop. Dung Hop is an eclectic merging of PDRSS Principles and the Vietnamese Collectivist Philosophical Principles suggesting a harmonious and balanced way to provide support for her clients and their support systems. The written text of this model and some of its applications to the success of the Vietnamese Program can be found at www.wrhc.com.au

Ngoc-Anh has also shown us ways to think outside the square and to creatively make the system work for those in need. Ngoc Anh continues to challenge the ‘western’ style frameworks of Department Human Service (DHS) funded programs that often focus on the individual, particularly when it comes to data collection and geographical boundaries, by emphasizing the importance of working across boundaries with both family and community. She continues to seek recognition from funding bodies that key indicators and outcomes are often different for individuals from CALD communities.

 


Professor Ian Falloon

University of New Zealand

Professor Ian Falloon is a New Zealander, a longstanding Professor of Psychiatry at University of Auckland, a regular contributor to TheMHS Conference in our early years, and for some years now has been the Director of the innovative Optimal Treatment Project (OTP), centered in Europe. He was the principal investigator of a landmark randomized study of family intervention in schizophrenia in California, followed by a multi-centred collaborative study across the USA. He then instigated a comprehensive package of integrated biological and psychosocial interventions across the entire county of Buckinghamshire, UK, working closely with GP’s, while systematically transferring information and practical cognitive behavioural skills directly to all their clientele with any psychiatric symptoms and their families. Such integrated care reduced the incidence of severe mental illnesses throughout the county, & Professor Falloon became one of the pioneers of early prevention & intervention in psychosis. Many have built on his visionary work, while OTP projects in different parts of the world have now replicated his earlier positive results.

2005: Adelaide

PRESENTER: Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Acting Disability Commissioner

Barbara Wieland

Service Director

Central Northern Adelaide Health Service Mental Health Division, Northern
Barbara Wieland (Barb as she is known throughout the service) has been instrumental in the implementation of mental health reform agendas in northern metropolitan Adelaide over the past decade, developing service delivery models in Adult and Aged Care Mental Health Services. She has enthused and led a dedicated team of mental health workers in the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative programs that have become exemplars for other mental health services across South Australia and interstate: The Borderline Personality Disorder Programme that provides a treatment model for consumers, and a training module for workers; The Exceptional Needs Programme for consumers who have multi facetted problems which require the involvement and collaboration of numerous services. A major achievement has been Barb’s advocacy for consumers and carers, empowering them to take control of their illness and to own their own destiny, and has worked with them to incorporate their views and concerns when planning services. She works in one of the 8 most disadvantaged areas in Australia and continually works collaboratively with many government and non government agencies to meet the needs of mental health consumers.

This year, under Barb’s leadership, the Northern Mental Health Service received a recommendation for 4 year’s accreditation from the Australia Council for Healthcare Standards (ACHS). The surveyors commended the Northern Mental Health Services for its achievements in consumer and carer involvement in planning services and their delivery and its ability to engage stakeholders in service delivery. Barb has seen massive changes in the treatment of people with a mental illness and feels it is a privilege to participate in the ongoing quest to keep improving mental health services

Barb has been an integral part of the development of mental health services within South Australia, holding a number of senior roles in mental health over the years, including Director of Nursing, Glenside Hospital and Executive Director Mental Health Services, Lyell McEwin Health Service. Currently Barb is Service Director of the Northern Mental Health Services, Central Northern Adelaide Health Service.


Barbara Disley

CEO- Group Special Education Ministry of Education in New Zealand

Dr Barbara Disley worked extensively in the fields of mental health and in special needs. In her extremely active career in human services, she has demonstrated a rare combination of humanity, intellect, organisational ability and strategic understanding that enables her to see hope where others might despair and achieve results where others might flounder. She is an Educational Psychologist and gained a PhD with a thesis on teaching vocational skills to people with intellectual disabilities. Before coming to New Zealand Barbara worked in a variety of settings including being a Social Educator at Marsden Hospital in Sydney, a Manager of Staff Training and a Regional Advisor for a Community Health programme in NSW.

In the early 1990’s Barbara entered the field of Mental Health taking up a position as Deputy Director in the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand which at the time was the umbrella organisation for the nascent NGO sector. With her special efforts and abilities Barbara became involved in the Foundation as it lead the growing charge to alter and improve mental health services in the country. It played a significant part in focussing the attention of politicians on the needs of mental health consumers, through advocacy and mental health promotion and prevention and maintained its viability duuring the process shifting to a purchaser/provider split in Health. It was during latter period of the 1990’s however when Barbara became the first Chair of the newly founded Mental Health Commission of New Zealand that her most significant work in the Mental Health field was achieved and the combination of her unique abilities found expression in creating the basis for changing the landscape of Mental Health throughout the country.

Barbara was able to wend her way through the complexities of the political mine field and those inherent in our sector. Based on the Ministry of Health’s National Strategy for Mental Health she and her team produced a number of core documents that literally provided that lattice work for a “Way Forward” in Mental Health. The most important document was the national “Blueprint” for the development of Mental Health which not only specified the range of services both public and NGO that needed to be provided to the general population but the staff profiles and recovery based philosophy to sustain them. Working in partnership with Janice Wilson, the Deputy Director General of Mental Health in the Ministry of Health, successive Health Ministers, consumers, families, clinicians and providers Barbara exerted both a strategic and practical influence the result of which are still being reaped by the Mental Health sector in New Zealand and further afield. While turning again in 2002 to her original field of Special Education as the CEO of Group Special Education for the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, Barbara continues to have an active interest in and advocacy for Mental Health.

2004: Gold Coast

PRESENTER: Professor Allan Fels AO, Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Lifeline 24 Hour Crisis Telephone Line

Lifeline Australia

Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis counselling service is staffed by trained volunteers and has provided Australians with a listening ear for the last 40 years. Located in 60 locations throughout rural and regional Australia, Lifeline’s 4,500 counsellors provide the equivalent of 52 years of non stop compassion every year. Lifeline is the only generalist counselling service available for 24 hours a day every day of the year and is the backstop for helping professions and mental health services who are not available after hours. Help is available at any time, anywhere, for the cost of a local call. Lifeline is now operative in 15 countries and 250 communities across the world and represents a unique Australian primary mental health care promotion, prevention and intervention tool.

Lifeline was establishment in 1963 by the late Reverend Dr Sir Alan Walker. In keeping with Sir Alan’s original vision, Lifeline centres overcome time and distance by providing compassion and care to all Australians. The purpose of Lifeline is to strengthen the capacity of communities and individuals to make life-affirming choices which alleviate distress and promote well-being. In 2002, over 80,000 calls to Lifeline were known to be about mental health. This was about 27% of counselling calls received. Lifeline’s commitment to mental health focuses on the 24-hour counselling service 13 11 14 continuing to play a pivotal role responding to the needs of our callers. Lifeline operates in 42 communities throughout Australia as self governing member centres. These Centres recruit and train volunteers from the local community to provide a 24 hour telephone counselling service in addition to providing information, referral and associated services in their area. Lifeline relies on financial support from the community. Lifeline shops around the country raise 80% of operational costs each year by selling donated clothing, furniture and books. Telstra has been Lifeline’s major sponsor since 1993 and provides Lifeline’s telephone infrastructure. There are 10,000 Lifeline volunteers Australia wide. In addition, 2,500 volunteers are trained annually to staff the 24 hour telephone counselling line.

2003: Canberra

PRESENTER: Presented jointly by The Hon. Trish Worth, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, and Mr Simon Champ, Director of SANE Australia

SANE Australia

SANE Australia is committed to helping people affected by mental illness through campaigning for improved services and attitudes, educating to promote understanding, and conducting research which can make a difference.

SANE has significantly contributed to improving the lives of people living with a mental illness and continues to work for an end to stigma, access to effective clinical treatments, a range of community support, and help for families and other carers.

Over the years SANE has built a reputation for developing innovative programs to address to problems faced by consumers and carers, based on ongoing and meaningful consultation.

SANE Australia is a national charity helping people affected by mental illness through education, research and campaigning for greater awareness of mental illness and better services. It is overseen by a Board of Directors, chaired by Professor John Funder. The day to day running of SANE Australia is overseen by Barbara Hocking, SANE Australia’s Executive Director, who manages 12 staff members.

The organisation works in partnership with a range of consumer and carer groups, national peak bodies, universities, government departments and international alliances and is funded by donations, philanthropic trusts and government and health promotion agencies.

2002: Sydney

PRESENTER: Dr Norman Swan, renowned Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist.

Dr Joan Clarke

Dr Joan Clarke’s outstanding contribution to the field of Mental Health can be noted in many areas. Her contribution to research, conferences, committees and the running of the largest provider of day psychiatric services in Victoria can be evidenced in the following document.

Dr Clarke has been the Executive Director of Prahran Mission since 1989 and has assisted the organisation to grow into a large multi-service agency recognised nationally and internationally for best practice, social justice and program innovation. She has supported the organisation’s development by reference to continuing research and program development which has also added significantly to the body of knowledge in the wider mental health field.

Dr Clarke has contributed to many committees including the Chairperson of the Australian Psychiatric Disability Coalition, member of the Mental Health Task Group to set up the Mental Health Council of Australia, Deputy Chair of the Mental Health Council, and coordinated World Mental Health Day for 3 years (1999, 2000, 2001).

Dr Clarke has presented at many noteworthy conferences as keynote speaker including: World Social Work Conference on Health and Mental Health in 1989; Power Politics & Performance 1993; Vicserv 2000 Conference; 7th Lilly Mental Health Forum on Developing Better Relationships with the Community in Tokyo where she presented the paper “History & Evolution of Mental Health Care in Australia”.

Dr Joan Clarke has made an exceptional contribution to Mental Health Services and deserves to be remembered for her achievements.

2001: Wellington

Ms Anne Deveson, AO

SANE Australia

Anne Deveson has made an enormous contribution to raising community awareness of mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, over the past 16 years.

Through her video documentary Spinning Out, screened twice on ABC television, radio programs, and book Tell Me I’m Here, Anne has used her personal experiences and media skills to put schizophrenia and mental illness on the public agenda. She spoke out about her family’s experiences at a time when others were reluctant or unable to ‘go public’ and she has provided consumers and carers with both leadership and support.

A founding member of SANE Australia, Anne served on the Board for 15 years and is currently a Patron. She has worked tirelessly, helping consumers and carers with media training, speaking at meetings, giving media interviews and influencing government policy through her media work and representation on government working parties and inquiries.

Anne has a rare ability to ‘get on with’ everyone. Her natural warmth, compassion and intelligence is admired and respected equally by consumers, carers, mental health workers, politicians and policy makers.


Professor John Werry

Mental Health Commission, New Zealand

Professor John Werry is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who trained in New Zealand and Canada. He is currently working in several services across New Zealand, and is a founding trustee of the Youth Horizons Trust for severely behaviourally disturbed young persons. Professor Werry’s distinguished academic and professional career includes appointments in Europe, Canada, the United States of America and New Zealand. In 1979 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists. He is a prolific writer of scientific papers in child psychiatry, and editor of numerous books. For several years he was a Member of Council of the Medical Research Council, and for six years he sat on a committee of the DSM IV Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association. However, John is perhaps best known in New Zealand for his instrumental role in the establishment of the academic Department of Psychiatry at Auckland University, and for his advocacy for services for children. He has worked tirelessly to ensure young people’s needs are acknowledged and addressed.

2000: Adelaide

PRESENTER: Mr Dermot Casey, Director of Quality and Effectiveness Section, Mental Health Branch, Department of Health and Family Services

Simon Champ

Simon Champ has made an outstanding contribution to mental health for many years now. He works tirelessly to help overcome stigma; to work with other consumers in gaining recognition for consumer rights; to lobby governments; to raise community awareness.

He works within the system and without and, by example and initiative, he has been an exceptional advocate for people with a mental illness. He consistently shows great courage in knowingly facing the pressures that follow from his activities and I know when he does have relapses, his humour and resilience in coping with these are quite inspirational.


Janet Meagher, AM

Janet Meagher, AM, is an exceptional person and has to her credit amazing achievements despite living with a mental illness since her early twenties. At the beginning of a potentially successful teaching career, Janet suffered a severe psychotic breakdown resulting in several admissions to psychiatric hospitals in Sydney over a period of six years.

In the last year of her hospitalisation at Gladesville Hospital, Janet was included in a comprehensive and concentrated rehabilitation programme, which eventually culminated in her commencing a TAFE course in library assistance. She was eventually able to move into the community to one of the hospital supported home units where staff support was gradually withdrawn over time.

Rehabilitation was slow and difficult. Maximum staff support was needed to help her through each painful step. For instance, at first she had to be accompanied on the bus trip from the hospital to the city TAFE but on her first lone journey, her courage deserted her and she got off the bus and returned to the hospital.

Janet eventually completed her TAFE course and was able to take advantage of a sheltered employment scheme in a government department. From there she graduated into community employment, eventually working for some years as a specialist library assistant in a large municipal library.

1999: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Sir Ronald Wilson, 28th Justice of the High Court of Australia, President of Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, co-author of Stolen Generations Rep

Kathleen Stacey

Department of Public Health – Community Mental Health

Kathleen Stacey is currently the co-ordinator of the Community Mental Health Post Graduate Course at Flinders University, a private therapist, and she is involved in many working groups, advisory committees and peer support, mental health promotion activities. Kathleen has made an enormous contribution to education, theory and practice and is well respected in the field of community mental health. She is a strong political advocate for your people’s mental health and works extremely hard at grass roots level. She is a model example of effective and successful community development work and has contributed enormously to the education of health professionals at both a community sector and university level and she has an excellent reputation as a therapist. Kathleen is an inspiration.


SPHERE: A National Depression Project

SPHERE National Secretariat

SPHERE: A National Depression Project is managed by a National Secretariat which comprises of representatives from each medical school across Australia, academic psychiatrists, general practitioners, clinicians from both the specialist and primary care sectors and a consumer representative. Funding for the implementation of the SPHERE Project is currently provided through a variety of NHMRC research (Grant No. 953208), state (NSW Infrastructure – Stream 2), local health service and non-government (including Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals) mechanisms.

Commencing in early 1997, SPHERE: A National Depression Project is a support and education system designed to assist general practitioners (GPs) to identify and treat the common forms of depression and anxiety. Specifically, the SPHERE Project stresses the critical role GPs can play in providing a comprehensive disease management program for patients suffering from common psychological disorders. The SPHERE Project is a national collaboration between representatives from each medical school across Australia, academic psychiatrists, GPs and clinicians from both the specialist and primary care sectors. It contains four essential components which include a novel ‘Case-Identification System’, an initial ‘Four-Seminar Training Program’, a ‘12-month Disease Management Program’ and provision of ongoing education and practice support. Since its national launch in late February 1998, the SPHERE Project has rapidly expanded to reach approximately 2,500 GPs. Over 1,100 GPs have now enrolled in the ‘Case-Identification System’ and over 750 GPs have attended the ‘Four-Seminar Training Program’.

1998: Hobart

PRESENTER: Dr Harvey Whiteford, Director of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Australia

Create – Community Recreation, Education Access, Training & Employment Team ‘Cornucopia’

Ryde Community Mental Health Service

The CREATE team (Community Recreation, Education Access, Training and Employment) is a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation service that has redefined itself during the development of the Vocational Training Support program, “Cornucopia,” to ensure that all consumer needs are addressed. The team works to develop partnerships with other organisations to provide opportunities in the areas of work, recreation, leisure, education and training. The CREATE team has evolved from a small rehabilitation tea, of mental health professionals to a much more broadly skilled group from a range of backgrounds, including education, health promotion and vocational training. “Cornucopia” is an initiative of CREATE/Ryde Community Mental Health Services that provides vocational training and employment for people who have experiences a mental illness. Cornucopia means ‘Horn of Plenty – Bountiful Harvest.’ Auspiced by the Macquarie Area Rehabilitation Service Inc. (MARS Inc. Not for Profit Organisation) it is the pivotal point for a range of business activities and employment in Property & Garden Maintenance and in Cafe & Functions catering. A tripartite research project looking at social, psychological and vocational outcomes in in progress, but it is already identifying the financial and self-esteem rewards for consumers.


Rehabilitation and Therapy Programs for Mental Health Clients

Belvedere Mental Health Resource and Therapy Centre

The Belvedere Mental Health Resource and Therapy Centre provides an integrative, client-oriented service to Mental Health client in the Armidale and surrounding district. Planning and implementation of programs at Belvedere are made largely with the cooperation of clients through the Consumer Education and Access Committee. The service also welcomes the support of students on placement, carers and friends, volunteers and the local university. In recent years, Lee Coit-Riley with the support of consumers has made an enormous contribution to the development of the service.

1997: Sydney

PRESENTER: The Hon. Dr Michael Wooldridge MP, Minister for Health and Family Services

The Centre for Indigenous Mental Health Research and education

University of Melbourne Dept. of Psychiatry St Vincent’s’ Hospital

The Centre for Indigenous Mental Health Education and Research is a unique initiative which ahs been at the leading edge of Mental Health programs for Aboriginal people for over a decade. Aboriginal communities must determine their needs and how to meet them. Strong links with Aboriginal communities including consumers and carers (through community-controlled health services) and the belief that working together in the best way of addressing the mental health of aboriginal communities are central to our programs. The Centre enables the development of integrated mental health programs for Aboriginal people through strategic education/evaluation programs.


Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health)

Joint Initiative with Charles Sturt University, Southern Health Service, and Aboriginal Steering Committee

The Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health) is a course specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health professionals to meet the needs of the Mental Health Education Steering Committee, Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Health Studies and the Southern Health Service. The purpose and main aim of the unique initiative is to train aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health community so that they can be equipped with a portable professional qualification to work in any mental health setting including Aboriginal settings. The first three students have graduated from the original pilot course and the course is being supported by various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities coupled with positive feedback from external assessors. There is widespread support from Charles Sturt University and the Southern Health Services, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, to continue this unique and worthwhile course. It has helped the communities deal with mental health problems.


Darwin Rural Aboriginal Mental Health Team

Territory Health Services

The Aboriginal Mental Health Team in Darwin Rural District has a total of seven staff. Two registered mental health nurses, one who is on temporary secondment to Darwin Urban District. One permanent Aboriginal mental health worker, based in Darwin. Two temporary Aboriginal mental health workers, one based in Darwin and one based in Belyeun )The funding for these two position is through the Territory Health Service and us being evaluated for permanency. Two Aboriginal mental health workers, one based in Milikapiti and one based in Nganmarriyanga (the funding for these positions is through the Commonwealth Government and funding finished after two years, mid-1997.) Associated closely with the team is another community-based worked in Milikapiti working on a two-year project for the prevention of Youth Suicide (to finish in Dec. 1998.) The team also provides a fairly comprehensive service to the Darwin-based Psychiatric Inpatient Facility.

1996: Brisbane

PRESENTER: His Excellency the Honourable Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia

Mental Health Program

Department of Public Health & Nutrition, University of Wollongong

An innovative, industry specific program for the presentation of post-graduate public mental health education, training and research for both urban and remote/rural primary care workers throughout Australia. It places emphasis on the development of clinically effective and culturally sensitive strategies for health care workers in comprehensive systems of care for persons with mental illness.

1995: Auckland

PRESENTER: Dame Catherine Tizard GCMG DBE, the Governor General of New Zealand

Associate Professor Patrick McGorry

Early Psychosis & Intervention Centre

For the work, drive, vision and commitment he has demostrated in the are of early psychosis. Associate pRofessor Patrick McGorry is currently director of the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPICC) as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Melbourne University. The staff of the EPPIC program nominated Professor McGorry for the above award, for the work, drive, vision and commitment he has demonstrated in the area of early psychosis. Professor McGorry epitomizes the scientist-practitioner model and has made significant contributions both academically and clinically. He works tirelessly in ensuring that the quality of service offered at EPICC is of the highest standards and sensitive to the requirements of the participants. He has time for all staff, peers and consumers alike and as such has gained a deep respect and admiration by all associated with him.

1994: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, President of the Board of Royal Melbourne Hospital, Former Minister for Education, Social Security & Finance

Ms Robyn Byers, B.A.,M.A.(Hons) Psychology, Dip. Clin. Psychology, Diploma of Education

Nelson Marlborough Health Service Ltd

Robyn is the Executive Officer for the mental health service covering the Nelson Marlborough region of 114,000 people on the South Island fo New Nealzland. She is also the Total Quality Management Consultant and has certificates of Health Management and Total Quality Manafement. In the years since she began working in mental health in 1977, she has made a major contribution to the development of better mental health services. She contributed beyond role expectations and demonstrates a great commitment to quality, always achieving objectives and tackling challenges energetically and resourcefully. An abundance of evidence from her clients, from ward, from community and staff education programs, from service plans and implementations etc. amply demonstrate her contributions in theory, education and in practice.

SERVICE AND PROGRAM AWARDS

2016: Auckland, New Zealand

PRESENTER: Kevin Allan, Mental Health Commissioner, Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, New Zealand

Psychosocial and/or Support

Winner SERVICE: SANE Forums – Online Peer-to-peer Support Communities
ORGANISATION: SANE Australia

Assessment and/or Treatment Program or Service

Winner SERVICE: The Infant Therapeutic Reunification Service
ORGANISATION: CAMHS, Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Families SA

Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention

Joint Winner

Winner SERVICE: eTools for Wellbeing
ORGANISATION: Queensland University Of Technology and Young And Well CRC

Winner PROGRAM: GoodYarn: Enabling Farming Communities to talk about Mental Health
ORGANISATION: WellSouth Primary Health Network

Physical Health and/or Primary Care

Winner Equally Well – a New Zealand wide collaborative committed to
taking action to improve physical health outcome of people experiencing mental health and addiction problems
Collaboration of 70 organisations in New Zealand

Achievement Award for Entries with a Different Focus

Winner SERVICE: Mind Recovery College™
ORGANISATION: Mind Australia

Education, Training or Workforce Development

Winner PROGRAM: Recovery Camp: Using Therapeutic Recreation to Empower Consumers and Future Health Professionals
ORGANISATION: University of Wollongong NSW

Mental Health Consumer and Mental Health Peer Work

Winner PROJECT: Taking a qualification to the peer workforce
ORGANISATION: Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), NSW

2015: Canberra

PRESENTER: The Hon Dr Kay Patterson, National Mental Health Commissioner

Psychosocial and/or Support

Winner

Winner PROGRAM: Inspiring hope and belonging – A place for me!
ORGANISATION: The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus – Carpenter Court.

Assessment and/or Treatment Program or Service

Winner

Winner PROGRAM: Alfred Police and Clinical Early Response (A-PACER)
ORGANISATION: Monash University

Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention

Joint Winner

Winner SERVICE: Behind The Seen Emergency Services See What Others Don’t
ORGANISATION: Behind the Seen

Winner PROGRAM: Positive Ageing Forums
ORGANISATION: Consumer Consultative Committee, Aged Care Psychiatry Services,Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney

Physical Health and/or Primary Care

Winner

Winner PROGRAM: Peer Health Coaching – Improving physical health and preventing chronic health conditions in people living with mental illness
ORGANISATION: SANE Australia and Neami National

Achievement Award for Entries with a Different Focus

Winner SERVICE: Innovation out of Disaster- Post Canterbury Earthquakes
ORGANISATION: Comcare Trust

Consumer Led

Winner SERVICE: Significant and sustained consumer and carer advocacy.
ORGANISATION: Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia)

Education, Training or Workforce Development

Winner

Winner PROJECT: Aboriginal Careers in Mental Health (ACIMH) Workforce Development Project
ORGANISATION: Mental Health Coordinating Council, NSW

Special TheMHS Award– Research Focus

Winner

PROGRAM: The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP)
ORGANISATION: Black Dog Institute
This award acknowledges an influential and enduring contribution to the evidence base for suicide prevention.

2014: Perth

PRESENTER: Professor Fiona Stanley Distinguished Research Professor at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, UWA; Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne

CATEGORY 1: ASSESSMENT/TREATMENT PROGRAM OR SERVICE

Gold Award

Winner: The WA CAMHS Multisystemic Therapy Programme
Western Australia Child and Adolescent Health Service, WA

Joint Silver Award

Winner: Boab Mental Health Team
Boab Health Services, WA

Winner: The Assessment and Referral Court (ARC) List
The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

CATEGORY 2: SUPPORT PROGRAM OR SERVICE

Gold Award

Winner :“Living Life Well” Micro Business
EBAT Charitable Trust Trading as Pou Whakaaro, NZ

Silver Award

Winner: Broome Community Recovery Centre – the development and implementation of Recovery based programs in a remote setting
Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service – Broome Community Recovery Centre, WA

CATEGORY 3: MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROJECT

Gold Award

Winner: ReachOut.com – an innovative online mental health service for young Australians aged 14 – 25
ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation, NSW

Joint Silver Award

Winner The Five Project: Addressing mental health through arts in regional Western Australia
DADAA Inc, WA

Winner Youth Mental Health First Aid Program
Mental Health First Aid Australia, VIC

CATEGORY 4: EDUCATION, TRAINING OR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Silver Award

Winner Is the Map Territory? The development and achievements of Eating Disorders Training and Evaluation Program (EDTEC)
Eating Disorders Training and Evaluation Centre, Specialised Eating Disorders Pro, WA

CATEGORY 5: CONSUMER PROVIDED

Gold Award

Winner Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness Inc.
Peach Tree Perinal Wellness Inc., QLD

CATEGORY 7: ACHIEVEMENT WITH A DIFFERENT FOCUS

Silver Award

Winner Service Culture Transformation – The Recovery Mentoring Initiative
Barwon Health Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Service (MHDAS), VIC

The Tom Trauer Research and Evaluation Award

Joint Award Winner

Winner Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) – Partnerships, Research and Results

Winner What is happening to Seclusion Review that makes a difference? – a consumer led research study
Mr Bradley Foxlewin, Independent Consumer Researcher, NSW

2013: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Senator Jacinta Collins, Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing and Professor Allan Fels, AO, Chair, National Mental Health Commission.

CATEGORY 1: ASSESSMENT/TREATMENT PROGRAM OR SERVICE

Gold Award

Winner Cultural Information Gathering Tool
Mental Health Service Group, Townsville Hospital Health Services, QLD

Joint Silver Award

Winner headspace Wollongong

Winner Recovery Oriented Practice Project – moving a clinical service towards recovery oriented practice
Wodonga Adult Mental Health Services, VIC

CATEGORY 2: SUPPORT PROGRAM OR SERVICE

Gold Award

Winner Well Ways MI Recovery Peer Education Program
Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, Clifton Hill, VIC

Joint Silver Award

Winner Navigate
Centacare, Adelaide, SA

Winner Local Employment Access Partnerships (LEAP) Project
Social Firms Australia, Fitzroy, VIC

CATEGORY 3: MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROJECT

Joint Gold Award

Winner Being True to Ourselves – Developing and Sharing Personal Stories of Sex and Gender Diversity
A Gender Agenda, Ainslie ACT

Winner The Space Between Words Photographic Exhibition
Guy Frederick, Christchurch, NZ

Joint Silver Award

Winner Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts Theatrical Production
Frankston Arts Centre, VIC

Winner Trauma Informed Care and Practice: towards a cultural shift in mental health and human services in Australia
Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), Rozelle & Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), Neutral Bay, NSW

Special Judges’ Award for Partnership Practices

Winner Partners in Depression
Hunter Institute of Mental Health, Newcastle, NSW
Special Judges’ Award – Carer and Family Focus

Winner Intangible Storytelling Project
Family & Carer Mental Health Program, Far West Local Health District, Broken Hill, NSW

CATEGORY 4: EDUCATION, TRAINING OR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Joint Silver Award

Winner Mentale Health Peer Work Training Program
Mind Australia, Heidelburg, VIC

Winner Drive Safe
NorthWestern Mental Health, Melbourne Health, Preston,VIC

CATEGORY 5: CONSUMER PROVIDED

Gold Award

Winner Deck of Dreams
The Wayside Chapel and St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst, NSW

Silver Award

Winner No Suppression Group: Paula Hanlon and Linda Mizzi
North Shore Ryde MHS, Northern Sydney Local Health District, Eastwood, NSW

Special Judges’ Award – MH Promotion Focus

Winner Family Fun Day
On Track Community Programs Limited, Coolangatta QLD

CATEGORY 6: INNOVATIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Gold Award

Winner On-line Crisis Support Chat Service
Lifeline, Deaken West, ACT

Silver Award

Winner Recovery Hub: Hope Inspire Achieve – A mental health promotion website for the community
Wodonga Adult Mental Health Service, VIC

CATEGORY 7: GP/PRIMARY CARE BASED

Silver Award

Winner General Practice co-located with Marrickville Community Mental Health Service
Marrickville Health Centre, NSW

CATEGORY 8: SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT

Joint Gold Award

Winner MH-CoPES, NSW CAG
NSW Consumer Advisory Group – Mental Health Inc, East Sydney, NSW

Winner Authors at Any Age
UnitingCare Ageing Hunter Central Coast (UCA) & Partner – Hunter Medicare Local (HML), Garden Suburb, NSW

Partnership Award

Winner Mental Health Law Centre (WA) Inc.
Mental Health Law Centre (WA) Inc, Perth, WA

2012: Cairns

PRESENTER: Professor Allan Fels, AO, Chair, National Mental Health Commission and Dean, Australia and New Zealand School Of Government

Clinical and Non-Clinical Services Supporting Recovery (A) Larger Organisation

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: WALSHtrust
WALSHtrust Auckland, NZ

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: Caritas Mental Health Unit, Sydney, NSW
St Vincents Health, O’Brien Urban Health Program

Winner Entry: Triple Care Farm
Mission Australia: Triple Care Farm, Robertson, NSW

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION or MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION or PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: Perinatal Mental Health Partnership Group
Peninsula Health, Peninsula General Practice Network, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Municipalities: Maternal and Child Health Services, Frankston VIC

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: The Festival for Healthy Living
The Royal Children’s Hospital Integrated Mental Health Program, Flemington, VIC

EDUCATION TRAINING and WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: Facilitating transfer of training through values clarification and coaching
Illawarra Institute for Mental Health, University of Wollongong; Aftercare; Neami Limited,Richmond Fellowship Queensland; SNAP Gippsland Inc

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD)
Psychosocial Research Centre, CADRE Design Pty Ltd,

CONSUMER-PROVIDED

JOINT GOLD AWARD

Joint Winner: Entry: Our Consumer Place
Our Consumer Place, West Melbourne, VIC

Joint Winner: Entry: Voices Vic
Prahran Mission Uniting Care, Prahran, VIC

PRIMARY CARE/ GP FOCUS

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: H2M Service (HIV & HCV Mental Health in Primary Care Service)
St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW
RURAL and / or REMOTE

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: A Person-Centred Mental Health Workshop for the Health and Welfare Workforce
Broken Hill Department of Rural Health (Sydney University) & Far West Local Health District,(NSW Health), Broken Hill NSW

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) National Initiative
Australian Infant Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association (AICAFMHA), North Adelaide SA

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: The Mental Health Rights Manual: A Consumer Guide to the Legal and Human Rights of People with Mental Illness in NSW 2011
Mental Health Coordinating Council, Rozelle, NSW

2011: Adelaide

PRESENTER: The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

NON GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION (NG0) PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: Te Whare Puna Waiora (Appendix)
Wellink Trust, Wellington NZ

JOINT SILVER AWARD

Joint Winner: Entry: The Peer Work Project
Baptist Care (SA) Inc. (BC(SA)) and the Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia Inc. (MIFSA), Norwood, SA

Joint Winner: Entry: Building Family Skills Together
Mind, Heidelberg, VIC

SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD-Digital/Social Media Focus

Winner Entry: Lantern Mental Health 2.0 Unconference
Lantern, Moorabbin, VIC

CONSUMER PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: Consumer Research and Evaluation Unit
Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, Brunswick East, VIC

REGIONAL/RURAL/REMOTE PROGRAMS

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (University of Newcastle), rurally-based Area Mental Health Services in NSW, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office (NSW Health, Orange)

INFANT, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES OR PROGRAMS

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: Youth Service Program
ARAFMI, Perth, WA

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: Mental Health and Parenting: Parent Group Program
Central Coast Children & Young People’s Mental Health , Gosford, NSW

JOINT SILVER AWARD

Joint Winner: Entry: Moving Minds
Mental Illness Education ACT, Ainslie, ACT

Joint Winner: Entry: Music to Open Your Mind
South Metropolitan Area Health Service, Mental Health (SMAHS, MH) South Metropolitan Mental Health Advisory Group (SuMMAt), East Fremantle, WA

JOINT SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD – Aged Care Focus

Joint Winner: Entry: Positive Living in Aged Care
Aged and Community Services Association NSW & ACT, Rhodes, NSW

Joint Winner: Entry: Environmental change and Intergenerational programs
UnitingCare Ageing and Hunter New England Local Health Network, Hamlyn Terrace, NSW

E-HEALTH SERVICES

JOINT SILVER AWARD

Joint Winner: Entry: Keeping Families and Children in Mind: Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) Mental Health Worker Education Resource
Australian Infant Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association (AICAFMHA), North Adelaide, SA

Joint Winner: Entry: OnTrack
Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

JOINT SILVER AWARD

Joint Winner: Entry: The ‘Strengths’ model of case management in a community mental health service.
St Vincent’s Mental Health, Melbourne, VIC

Joint Winner: Entry: The Making a real difference to consumer outcomes: Knowing the People Planning (KPP)
Mental Health Services, Hawkes Bay DHB, Hastings, NZ

SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD – Research Focus

Winner Entry: Family Connections Program
Illawarra Institute for Mental Health Wollongong NSW, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland

SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD – Training Focus

Winner Entry: NSW Police Mental Health Intervention Team/Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc
NSW Police and Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc., Gladesville, NSW

2010: Sydney

PRESENTER: Senator Claire Moore, Senator for Queensland and Chair of the Senate Community Affairs Committee, representing the Australian Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon

NON GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION (NG0) PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: Refugee Community Link Workers, Auckland Regional Refugee Mobile Team (RMT)
RASNZ – Refugees As Survivors New Zealand, Otahuhu, NZ

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: City Women’s Hostel
City Women’s Hostel in partnership with St Vincent’s Mental Health Service, Darlinghurst, NSW

CONSUMER PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: Key We Way
Wellink Trust, Wellington, NZ

REGIONAL/RURAL/REMOTE PROGRAMS

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program
Greater Western Area Health Service (Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol), Orange, NSW

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program
Transcultural Mental Health Centre (lead), in partnership with the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Parramatta, NSW

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: University of Melbourne Mental Health Strategy
Counselling Service, University of Melbourne,VIC

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Training and Research Program
Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Greater Western Area Health Service NSW Health (Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol), NSW Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD

Winner Entry: Surry Hills Mental Health Recovery Working Party
Surry Hills Public Tenants Association, NSW

E-HEALTH SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: The VirtualClinic
Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD), St Vincent’s Hospital and University of New South Wales

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: The ECCO Project: An evaluation of an Internet-based service for depression in a telephone counselling setting.
Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University, Canberra ACT, Lifeline Australia

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

JOINT SILVER AWARD

Joint Winner: Entry: Community Conservation Corps Trust: Work Readiness Initiative.
Community Support Work Service, Mental Health Rehabilitation, Auckland District Health Board, NZ

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: The Helping Young People Early (HYPE) Program as part of Orygen Youth Health
Orygen Youth Health, Parkville, VIC

JOINT SILVER AWARD

Joint Winner: Entry: The Mental Health and Sexual Assault Project
The Education Centre Against Violence, Parramatta, NSW

FAMILY/CARER PROVIDED SERVICES

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: Supporting Carers of People with Mental Illness Project
Carers SA, Unley, SA

SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD

Winner Entry: “Connections”: Aboriginal Women’s Art Therapy Group
St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mental Health Service, Darlinghurst, NSW

INFANT, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES OR PROGRAMS

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: Green Team, Child and Family Specialty Service, Christchurch
Child and Family Specialty Service, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, N Z.

Winner Entry: Triple Care Farm
Mission Australia Triple Care Farm, Robertson, NSW

2009: Perth

PRESENTER: Senator Claire Moore, Senator for Queensland and Chair of the Senate Community Affairs Committee

NON GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION (NG0) PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: Mental Health Coordinating Council Learning and Development Unit (LDU)
Mental Health Coordinating Council, Rozelle NSW

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: Youth Focus Mental Health Delivery Service Models
Youth Focus Inc, Burswood WA

CONSUMER PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Toi Ora Live Art Charitable Trust
Toi Ora Live Art Trust, Auckland New Zealand

JOINT SILVER AWARD

Joint Winner: ENTRY: Annual Breaking Free Mental Health Concert
Consumer & Carer Advisory Network – Toowoomba District (CAN-TD), Toowoomba QLD

Joint Winner: ENTRY: Mental Health Education Program (MHEP)
Geelong Mood Support Group, Newtown VIC

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Flourish Program
School of Psychology, University of Wollongong NSW

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Empowering Consumers to make Informed Choices about Medication
St. Vincent’s Mental Health, Fitzroy VIC

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: VETE Services NSCCAHS
Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service (NSCCAHS), North Ryde NSW

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Partnership in Evaluation towards Recovery (PER) Team
Counties Manukau District Health Board, Otahuhu NEW ZEALAND

SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Tobacco and Mental Illness Project
Central Northern Adelaide Health Service, Seaton SA

Winner ENTRY: SANE Research Bulletins
SANE Australia, Melbourne VIC

FAMILY/CARER PROVIDED SERVICES

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Well Ways
Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, Clifton Hill VIC

INFANT, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES OR PROGRAMS

GOLD AWARD

Winner Entry: The Peek a Boo Club
Royal Children’s Hospital Integrated Mental Health Service, Sunshine VIC

SILVER AWARD

Winner Entry: The SMAMHS Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) Program
South Metropolitan Area Mental Health Service (SMAMHS), Fremantle WA

2008: Auckland

PRESENTER: Dr Janice Wilson, Deputy Director General, Population Health Directorate, New Zealand Ministry of Health

NON GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION (NG0) PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: SNAP’s Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM) Program
SNAP Gippsland Inc., Bairnsdale VIC

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Disability Support Program
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Newcastle NSW

CONSUMER PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Horizon Social Club
The Horizon Social Club, Elizabeth Park, SA

REGIONAL/RURAL/REMOTE PROGRAMS

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Mental Health Emergencies Training Program
Assoc Australian Rural Nurses and Midwives, Deakin ACT

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Images of a Hero Calendar (application part 1) (application part 2)
Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Royal Children’s Hospital and Health Service District, Brisbane QLD

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Mental Health Support Program
Family Court of Australia, Adelaide SA

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: CNAHS Peer Specialist and Carer Consultant Program
Central Northern Adelaide Health Service, Mental Health Direcorate, Adelaide SA

JOINT SILVER AWARD

Joint Winner: ENTRY: Reducing Seclusion Project
2 West Acute Adult Inpatient Unit, Peninsula Health Psychiatric Service, Frankston VIC

Joint Winner: ENTRY: Psychological Interventions for Enduring Mental illness Project
Auckland District Health Board, Auckland NZ

SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Popao Project (The Model and Group)
Isa Lei Pacific Island Mental Health Service, Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland NZ

FAMILY/CARER PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Walk of Pride
ARAFMI Hunter, Hamilton NSW

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Brimbank Carers Group
Brimbank Carers Group, St Albans VIC

INFANT, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES OR PROGRAMS

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: ORYGEN Youth Health and ORYGEN Research Centre, Parkville VIC

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: WorkFirst
Capital & Coast DHB, Wellington NZ

2007: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Senator the Hon. Brett Mason, Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing

NON GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION (NG0) PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Community Living Services
Mental Health Development Team, Counties-Manukau District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: WALSH Trust Auckland, New Zealand

CONSUMER PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Temporary Solutions
Kites Trust, Wellington, New Zealand

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Consumer Companion Project
Bayside Initiatives Group Inc. and Southside District Health Service – Bayside

REGIONAL/RURAL/REMOTE PROGRAMS

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Australian Integrated Mental Health Initiative Northern Territory
Menzies School of Health Research, Casuarina, NT

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Collaborative Family Practice Project
Loddon Southern Mallee Area Mental Health Service, Loddon Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Services, Bendigo, VIC

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training and Research Program
ORYGEN Research Centre, Parkville, VIC

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Mental Illness Education ACT
MIEACT, Ainslie, ACT

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Mind Your Head – A multi-media resource for young people experiencing psychosis
The New Zealand Early Intervention in Psychosis Society Incorporated, Auckland, New Zealand

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: McPherson Community, a Dual Disability Adult Residential Service
Richmond Fellowship Victoria Regional Manager for Western Metropolitan Region Collingwood, VIC

INFANT, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES OR PROGRAMS

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: YouthMood Project (MoodGYM in Schools)
Centre For Mental Health Research, ACT

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Consumer Consultant Role in Mater CYMHS
Mater CYMHS Management Unit, South Brisbane, QLD

SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD

SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Collaborative Recovery
Illawarra Institute for Mental Health University of Queensland, QLD South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service, NSW Sydney West Area Health Service, NSW Aftercare , NSW Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, NSW The Prince Charles Hospital HS District, QLD Richmond Fellowship, QLD Latrobe Regional Hospital MH Service, VIC SNAP, VIC NEAMI, SA

2006: Townsville

PRESENTER: The Hon. Tony Abbott, Minister for Health

CONSUMER PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Keepwell Limited: Real Recovery Solutions in Mental Health Training & Publishing
Keepwell Limited, Wellington, New Zealand

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Station Community Mental Health Centre Inc.
The Station Community Mental Health Centre Inc, Wallaroo, South Australia

REGIONAL/RURAL/REMOTE PROGRAMS

Special Judges Award

Winner ENTRY: Biripi Aboriginal Medical Service (Ams) Nambi Centre
Biripa AMS, Taree, New South Wales

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Dual Diagnosis Project – Supporting Children and Families Affected by Parental Dual Diagnosis (Mental Illness and Substance Use)
Mental Health Co-ordinating Council, Rozelle, New South Wales

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: My Sexual Health Matters
Sexual Health Information Networking Education (SHINE), Kensington, South Australia

Winner ENTRY: PATS (Paying Attention to Self) Program
Centre for Adolescent Health Goulburn Valley Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, Shepparton; Inner South Community Health Service; Wimmera Uniting Care, Horsham; Youth Services, Shire of Yarra Ranges, Lilydale, Parkville, Victoria

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: VicChamps and PATS in Partnership
Eastern Health, Ringwood East, Victoria

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Psychiatric Emergency Centre, RBWH Mental Health
Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Herston, Queensland

Winner ENTRY: Housing Solutions
ComCare Charitable Trust, Christchurch, New Zealand

FAMILY/CARER PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Carer Assist, Gladesville, New South Wales
The Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Carer Support Group – for carers of people with Borderline Personality Disorder
ARAFMI, Hawthorn, VIC

INFANT, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES OR PROGRAMS

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Feeling is Thinking (FisT) Group Work Intervention
Royal Children’s Hospital Mental Health Service, Flemington, Victoria

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: SCARF Program
Barwon Health Mental Health Services and Glastonbury Child & Family Services, Geelong, Victoria

Winner ENTRY: Child & Youth Mental Health Service
Brisbane Royal Children’s Hospital & Health Service District, Spring Hill, Queensland

2005: Adelaide

PRESENTER: Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Acting Disability Commissioner

CONSUMER PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Wellington Speakers Bureau
Case Consulting Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Consumer Advocacy Course
NSW Institute of Psychiatry, Cumberland Hospital, North Parramatta NSW

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Festival for Healthy Living Program
Royal Children”s Hospital Mental Health Service, Flemington, VIC

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: SKIPS (Supporting Kids in Primary Schools)
Eastern Access Community Health (EACH) and Eastern Health, Ringwood, VIC

Winner ENTRY: “Koping Kids Kall Out CD” – The Koping CD Project
Child & Youth Mental Health Service, Royal Children’s Hospital and Health Service District (CYMHS RCH & HSD), Brisbane, QLD

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Youthlink
Southern Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, Southern Adelaide Health Services, Bedford Park, SA

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: St. Vincent’s Mental Health Service Extra Care Unit Program Review
St. Vincent’s Health (Melbourne), VIC

FAMILY/CARER PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Family and Carer Support Program
Greater Southern Area Health Service – (Former Southern Area Section) – Mental Health Service, Queanbeyan, NSW

INFANT, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES OR PROGRAMS

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Supporting Kids
Upper Murray Family Care, Wodonga, VIC

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Central Coast Young ARAFMI Kids Konnecting Young People Connecting Parents Connecting Programs
Central Coast ARAFMI, NSW

RECOVERY PROGRAM or SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Aspire a Pathway to Mental Health, Warrnambool, VIC

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Kokiri Ka Taea (Go Forth and Achieve) Program
Te Korowai Aroha, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

DUAL DIAGNOSIS

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Northern NEXUS Dual Diagnosis Service
St. Vincent’s Health (Melbourne) VIC

2004: Gold Coast

PRESENTER: Professor Allan Fels AO, Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

CONSUMER PROVIDED SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Consumer Evaluation of Mental Health Services (CEO-MHS) Project
Illawarra Area Mental Health Services, Illawarra Institute for Mental Health, University of Wollongong

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: depressionNet.com.au – peer to peer support services

Winner ENTRY: The Platform Team
ORYGEN Youth Health

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner Central Coast Health, Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Service Department of Education and Training (DET), Central Coast District Office.

SILVER AWARD

Winner Barwon Health Mental Health Service
Winner NSW CAG, Marrickville Council, Marrickville Youth Council

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Northern Area Mental Health Service Consumer Participation in Staff Selection Strategy
Northern Area Mental Health Service

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: VICSERV Professional Development Program
Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV) Inc

Winner ENTRY: City of Port Phillip Access Arts
City of Port Phillip

INFANT, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES OR PROGRAMS

GOLD AWARD

Winner Victoria’s – Royal Children’s Hospital Mental Health Service (RCH MHS

RECOVERY PROGRAM or SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Apollo Program
Richmond Fellowship of Victoria

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Gippsland Accommodation Rehabilitation Support Services inc (GARSS)

DUAL DIAGNOSIS

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Triple Care Farm
Mission Australia Triple Care Farm, Robertson, NSW

2003: Canberra

PRESENTER: Presented jointly by The Hon. Trish Worth, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, and Mr Simon Champ, Director of SANE Australia

RECOVERY PROGRAM or SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Compeer Illawarra Program
St Vincent de Paul Society (Wollongong Diocesan Council) and Centacare Wollongong

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Our Journey from Rhetoric to Reality
Richmond Fellowship, Tauranga, New Zealand

CONSUMER OR CARER PROVIDED SERVICES or PROGRAM

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Consumer Academic Position
Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice, School of Nursing, The University of Melbourne

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: DIRS PTY LTD (depressioNet)
depressioNet.com.au

Winner ENTRY: Forensicare Consumer Participation Program
Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare), Melbourne, Vic

Winner ENTRY: National Standards for Mental Health Services Quilt Project
NSW Consumer Advisory Group Mental Health Inc (NSW CAG)

Winner ENTRY: The Offspring Group
Association of Relatives and Friends of the Emotionally and Mentally Ill (ARAFEMI) Victoria Incorporated

Winner ENTRY: St. Vincent’s Mental Health Service Carer Participation Strategy
St Vincent’s Health

SERVICE PARTNERSHIP

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health Service and Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Inner City Project, Wellington

Winner ENTRY: Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Program
Top End Division of General Practice

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Mental Health First Aid
Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The MoodSwell
Mid North Coast Area Health Service

Winner ENTRY: SANE Australia Helpline
SANE Australia, Melbourne VIC

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS OR STRATEGIES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Consumers Shaping Mental Health Services
Southern Area Health Service, Batemans Bay, NSW

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Fremantle Mental Health program for Seniors-Carer Training Project for the Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) by Home-Based Carers
Mental Health Directorate, Fremantle Hospital and Health Service, Fremantle, Western Australia

Winner ENTRY: Yarra Oral Health Project, Yarra, Victoria
St Vincent’s Mental Health

2002: Sydney

PRESENTER: Dr Norman Swan, renowned Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist.

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Community Group Program
Royal Children’s Hospital Mental Health Service and Travancore

Winner ENTRY: ‘Makin Pitchas’ – Koori Youth Video Project
Ballarat & District Aboriginal Cooperative

SILVER AWARD

Winner Mental Health Association of NSW

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The KOPING Forum (inter-agency group)

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS OR STRATEGIES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: South Auckland Health Research and Audit in Mental Health Services (REAMS)
Counties Manukau District Health Board (formerly called South Auckland Health)

Winner ENTRY: Women’s Access Project
Inner East Mental Health Services Association Inc.

REHABILITATION/RECOVERY PROGRAM

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: AMIGOS (Addressing Mental Illness and Giving Others Support)
The Second Story, Child and Youth Health

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Job Supply Personnel
Prahran Mission, South Yarra, Victoria

CONSUMER OR CARER PROGRAM OR SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: COPES (Carers Offering Peers Early Support)
Eastern Health Mental Health Program and Eastern Access Community Health

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Rozelle Hospital Consumer Consultants
Rozelle Hospital, Central Sydney Area Health Service

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Horizon Social Club, South Australia

SPECIAL AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Meg, the Pet Therapy dog
Mandala Mental Health Clinic, Gosford Hospital, NSW

SPECIALIST SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Tobacco and Mental Illness Project
Mental Health Division, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: C.A.R.E. Employment
The Nautilus Project Inc.

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: 1800 – Mental Health Information & Support Service
Illawarra Institute for Mental Health
Shared Care Program

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: CLIPP – Consultation and Liaison in Primary Care Psychiatry
Northwest Area Mental Health (a program of Melbourne Health) and The Northwest Metropolitan Melbourne Division of General Practice

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: St Vincent’s Mental Health Service General Practice Shared Care Program
St. Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne)

Winner ENTRY: The GP Program of the Rural Depression and Anxiety Research and Treatment Group (DART-R)
The Centre for Rural Mental Health

Winner ENTRY: Mental Health Service Special Projects
Otago District Health Board, NZ

2001: Wellington

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: SANE Australia StigmaWatch
SANE Australia, Melbourne VIC

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Youthealth Project
Northern Sydney Area Health Service

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Tiwi Health Board Youth Services Project
Tiwi Health Board, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Victorian Dual Disability Service (VDDS)
Mental Health programs of St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) and Melbourne Heath

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Mental Health General Practice Liaison Service
Fremantle Hospital & Health Service, Directorate of Mental Health Services, Alma Street Centre

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Counselling & Retraining for Employment (C.A.R.E.)
The Nautilus Project Inc.

CONSUMER OR CARER PROGRAM OR SERVICE

JOINT GOLD AWARD

Joint Winner: ENTRY: We Now Walk Tall mental health Consumer/Carer Performance Group
Murray Mallee Consumer Advisory Group, SA

Joint Winner: ENTRY: Consumer Participation Program of Alfred Psychiatry
Alfred Psychiatry, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne Vic

JOINT BRONZE AWARD

Joint Winner: ENTRY: Wolston Park Hospital Consumer Relocation Project
Wolston Park Hospital, Brisbane

Joint Winner: ENTRY: Te Ata
West Auckland Mental Health Support Trust

REHABILITATION/RECOVERY PROGRAM OR SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Intensive Home Based Outreach (IHBO) Program
St Luke’s Anglicare

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Second Chance Enterprise Inc.

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Ruah Inreach
Daughters of Charity Services (WA) Ltd

2000: Adelaide

PRESENTER: Mr Dermot Casey, Director of Quality and Effectiveness Section, Mental Health Branch, Department of Health and Family Services

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Shoalhaven Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Project
Illawarra Institute for Mental Health, Illa warra Area Mental Health Service

Winner ENTRY: Adolescents Coping with Emotions Program (ACE)
Northern Sydney Area Health Service, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Remote Mental Health Team: Central Australian Mental Health Service
Territory Health Services

Winner ENTRY: Substance Use and Mental Illness Treatment Team (SUMITT)
North Western Health Care Network, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Boarding House Team
Area Mental Health Service, Central Sydney Area Health Service

Winner ENTRY: Pacific Island Mental Health Service (commonly known as Lotofale)
Auckland Healthcare Services Limited

REHABILITATION/RECOVERY PROGRAM OR SERVICE

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Redbank House Early Psychosis Program – REPP
Department of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Intensive Rehabilitation Service
Fremantle Hospital and Health Service Directorate of Mental Health Services and Peel and Rockingham Kwinana Mental Health Service

Winner ENTRY: MASH Trust

INTEGRATED LOCALITY BASED SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: North Western Health
Northern Area Mental Health Service

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Integrated Care Project
Southern Area Mental Health Service & SE NSW Division Of General Practice

CONSUMER/CARER PROGRAM OR SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Consumer Consultants Project
Middle South Adult Mental Health Service

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Carer and Consumer Support Groups
MSW Transcultural Mental Health Centre

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Consumer Enfranchisement
ECMHS Eastern Consumer Advisory Group

SPECIAL EVALUATION AWARD

SPECIAL EVALUATION AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The ACE Program
Northern Sydney Area Health Service, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

1999: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Sir Ronald Wilson, 28th Justice of the High Court of Australia, President of Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, co-author of Stolen Generations Rep

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Crossroads Intensive Support Service (CISS)
The Salvation Army – Crossroads Network

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Newtown Union Primary Mental Health Programme
Newton Union Health Service, Wellington, NZ

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Women’s Health Care House Mental Health Community Outreach Project
Mental Health Community Outreach Project WA

COMPREHENSIVE CATCHMENT AREA SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: West Moreton Integrated Mental Health Service
West Moreton Integrated Mental Health Service, QLD

REHABILITATION SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Western Rehabilitation Service
North West Adelaide Mental Health Service

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: WORKRIGHT (WA) Inc
Specialist Mental Health Employment Service

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The M5 Rehabilitation Program
The Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Alfred CAMHS
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

PREVENTION, HEALTH PROMOTION OR HEALTH EDUCATION SERVICE OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: National School Education Program
Mental Illness Education – Australia Inc

Winner ENTRY: Safety for Women in Mental Health Services Project
Women and Mental Health Inc

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Options Project
Mental Health Foundation of Victoria and Liberty Victoria

BEST CONSUMER INVOLVEMENT SERVICE OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner Our Lives Our Choices

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: ADASA Community Agency Program
The Attention Disorders Association of South Australia Inc.

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: “Thinking C.A.P.” Landmark Consumer Advocacy Training Workshops
Northern Area Mental Health Services, North Western Health

INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM AWARD FOR AN OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THEORY, EDUCATION OR PRACTICE

Winner Kathleen Stacey

1998: Hobart

PRESENTER: Dr Harvey Whiteford, Director of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Australia

COMPREHENSIVE CATCHMENT AREA SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: St Vincent’s Hospital and Community Psychiatric Services
St Vincent’s Hospital, Victoria

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Sunshine Coast and Gympie Districts Mental Health Service
Integrated Mental Health Program

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Caulfield Aged Psychiatry Service
Caulfield General Medical Centre

REHABILITATION SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Rehabiliation Services
Integrated Mental Health Services

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Landmark Mental Health Program
Landmark Mental Health Program QLD

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Inner West Area Mental Health Service – The Royal Melbourne Hospital (IWAMHS – The Inner West Mobile Support and Treatment Team)

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Redcliffe-Caboolture District Mental Health Service
Redcliffe-Caboolture Child and Youth M.H. Service

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Maroondah Hospital
Maroondah Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: YPPI (Young People & Early Psychosis Intervention) YPPI-IA (Young People & Psychiatric Illness-Intervention and Assessment)
YPPI Centre

PREVENTION, HEALTH PROMOTION OR HEALTH EDUCATION SERVICE OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: YMAG (Youth Mental Health Promotion Project)
Health Department of WA

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Parents’ Project
Maroondah Hospital Area Mental Health Service

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Dumping Depression Campaign
Central Coast Area Health Service

BEST CONSUMER INVOLVEMENT SERVICE OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: The Deep Dialogue Project
The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council in Partnership with the North Western Health Network

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Schizophrenia Fellowship of South Australia
Schizophrenia Fellowship Education Group

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Rozelle Hospital Consumer Consultants
Rozelle Hospital, Central Sydney Area Health Service

INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM AWARD FOR AN OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THEORY, EDUCATION OR PRACTICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: CREATE – Community Recreation, Education Access, Training & Employment Team, “Cornucopia”
Ryde Community Mental Health Services

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Rehabilitation and Therapy Programs for MH Clients
Belvedere’ Mental health Resource and Therapy Centre

SPECIALIST SERVICE OR INNOVATIVE PART OF A LARGER SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Psychiatric Emergency Team, Health Department of Western Australia

SILVER AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Mental Health Program – Housing and Support Service
Inner South Community Health Services, Victoria

BRONZE AWARD

Winner ENTRY: Mother Baby Program
Monash Medical Centre, Southern Health Care Network

1997: Sydney

PRESENTER: The Hon. Dr Michael Wooldridge MP, Minister for Health and Family Services

Comprehensive catchment area services

GOLD AWARD

Winner Living Skills Centre – Kwinana C.M.H.S

SILVER AWARD

Winner Integrated Mental Health Service, Division of Mental Health, Royal Brisbane Hospital

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Warrnambool & District Base Hospital Psychiatric Services Division

Specialist services or innovative part of a larger service

GOLD AWARD

Winner Te Puau Ora-Maori Community Support Work Service

SILVER AWARD

Winner The Inner West Area Mental Health Service – The Royal Melbourne Hospital

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Getaways Planned Respite-Service

Rehabilitation services (including vocational and residential services)

GOLD AWARD

Winner Prahran Mission

SILVER AWARD

Winner AMHS

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Gippsland Psychiatric Services-Latrobe Regional Hospital

Child & Adolescent Services

GOLD AWARD

Winner Child and Adolescent MHService

SILVER AWARD

Winner The PACE Clinic

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Inner City Mental Health Service (Royal Perth Hospital)

Prevention health promotion or health education services or projects

GOLD AWARD

Winner Territory Health Services

SILVER AWARD

Winner The PACE Clinic

BRONZE AWARD

Winner University of Melbourne Dept. of Psychiatry St Vincent’s’ Hospital

Best consumer involvement in services or projects

GOLD AWARD

Winner Building Blocks Consumer Network

SILVER AWARD

Winner Schizophrenia Fellowship of SA Inc.

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Mental Health Consumer Offices in all areas with Northern Sydney Area Health Services

Individual or team award for an outstanding contribution to theory, education, or practice

GOLD AWARD

Winner University of Melbourne Dept. of Psychiatry St Vincent’s’ Hospital

SILVER AWARD

Winner Joint Initiative with Charles Sturt University, Southern Health Service, and Aboriginal Steering Committee

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Territory Health Services
.

1996: Brisbane

PRESENTER: His Excellency the Honourable Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia

COMPREHENSIVE CATCHMENT AREA SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner The Logan Mental Health Service, QLD

SILVER AWARD

Winner Caboolture Adult Mental Health Service

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Grampians Psychiatric Services, Lakeshide Hospital, Ballarat

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES

GOLD AWARD

Winner Flinders Medical Centre

SILVER AWARD

Winner Bendigo Health Care Group, Division of Psychiatry

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Interim Residential Rehabilitation Service

Specialist services or innovative part of a larger service

GOLD AWARD

Winner University of New South Wales & Wesmead Hospital

SILVER AWARD

Winner Transcultural Mental Health Centre, NSW

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre

Rehabilitation services (including vocational and residential services)

GOLD AWARD

Winner Hunter Psychiatric Employment Panel, NSW

SILVER AWARD

Winner Schizophrenia Fellowship of Victoria

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Women’s & Children’s Hospital, North Adelaide, SA

Individual or team award for an outstanding contribution to theory, education, or practice

GOLD AWARD

Winner Department of Public Helath & Nutrition, University of Wollongong

PSYCHOGERIATRIC SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner Central Bayside Comunty Health Centre (C.B.C.H.C)

SILVER AWARD

Winner Dandenong Hospital Department of Psychiatry

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Waitemata Health

PREVENTION OR HEALTH PROMOTION SERVICE OR PROJECT

GOLD AWARD

Winner Dandenong Hospital Department of Psychiatry

SILVER AWARD

Winner The Consulation Liason in Primary Care Psychiatry (C.L.I.P.P) Project

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Auburn C.H.C. Mental Health Team

PARTNERSHIP SERVICE OR PROGRAM

GOLD AWARD

Winner Northern Regional Health Authority (North Health)

1995: Auckland

PRESENTER: Dame Catherine Tizard GCMG DBE, the Governor General of New Zealand

SPECIALIST SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner Consultation-Liason Psychiatry Unit
Monash Medical Centre

SILVER AWARD

Winner Aged Care Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment Team,
Bendigo and Region Psychiatric Services

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Granville Vocational Unit
Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service

COMPREHENSIVE CATCHMENT AREA SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner Royal North Shore Hospital & Community Health Service

SILVER AWARD

Winner Bendigo and Region Psychiatric Services

BRONZE AWARD

Winner The Geelong Hospital, Psychiatric Services

Innovative Part of a Comprehensive Service

GOLD AWARD

Winner Community-based Psychosocial Support Service,
St Vincent De Paul Community Support Service

SILVER AWARD

Winner North Metropolitan Health Service Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
ACT Department of Health

Most Improved Service

GOLD AWARD

Winner Glen Private Hospital – Waitemata Health
Mental Health Services for the Elderly (West)

SILVER AWARD

Winner Community Based Adult Psychiatry Services
Warrnambool & District Base Hospital Psychiatric Services Division

BRONZE AWARD

Winner North West Community Mental Health Service

Non-Government Service

GOLD AWARD

Winner Framework Trust

SILVER AWARD

Winner Panic Anxiety Disorder Association Inc.

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Doing Things Program
Out Doors Inc.
Partnership Award

GOLD AWARD

Winner Understanding & Involvement’ (U&I) – Consumer Evaluation of Acute Psychiatric Hospital Practice’
The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council in collaboration with the Royal Park Corporation

SILVER AWARD

Winner Open Mind – Journal
Tasmanian Association for Mental Health

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Camp and Recreation Sub Committee
The Schizophrenia Fellowship of South Queensland Inc.

1994: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Dame Margaret Guilfoyle, President of the Board of Royal Melbourne Hospital, Former Minister for Education, Social Security & Finance

SPECIALIST SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner Koori Kids Mental Health Network
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
Winner Early Psychosis Prevention & Prevention Centre (EPPIC)

SILVER AWARD

Winner Mobile Community Team
Nelson Marlborough Mental Health Service

BRONZE AWARD

Winner The ‘Exploring Together’ Program Psychology Clinic, La Trobe University

COMPREHENSIVE CATCHMENT AREA SERVICE

GOLD AWARD

Winner Blacktown City Mental Health Service

SILVER AWARD

Winner Mental Health Services, Waitemata Health

Innovative Part of a Comprehensive Service

GOLD AWARD

Winner Special Care Unit,
Far West Mental Health Service

SILVER AWARD

Winner Royal Brisbane Hospital

BRONZE AWARD

Winner East Arnhemland Mental Health (Rural Section),
Northern Territory Mental Health Service

Most Improved Service

GOLD AWARD

Winner The Discovery Program
The South Tablelands Health Service, Goulburn NSW

SILVER AWARD

Winner Gippsland Psychiatric Services
Hobson Park Hospital

Non-Government Service

GOLD AWARD

Winner Northern Rivers Fellowship Incorporated

SILVER AWARD

Winner Prahran Mission – Programs for People with a Psychiatric Disability

BRONZE AWARD

Winner Accommodation for Mental Health Society (North Shore) Auckland, NZ
Winner P.A.L.S. (Partmership & Linking for the Seriously Mentally Ill)
Australian Red Cross, Victoria

Partnership Award

Special Commendation

Winner Tenerriffe Skills Resource Unit
The Valley Community Mental Health Service, Brisbane: Tenerriffe Skills Resource Unit

MEDIA AWARDS

2016: Auckland, New Zealand

PRESENTER: Kevin Allan, Mental Health Commissioner, Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, New Zealand

Text Journalism

Winner
Entry: Organisation: Away From The Edge
Veronica Schmidt
The New Zealand Listener

Sound/Vision Journalism

Winner
Entry: Organisation: ENTRY: Our Kids – Why Are They So Stressed?
JOURNALISTS: Quentin McDermott, Peter Cronau – Producer, Joel Tozer – Researcher
ORGANISATION: ABC TV, Four Corners

Special Journalism Award

Winner
Entry: Organisation: Surviving Schizophrenia
PRODUCERS: Emma Calveley, Robyn Scott-Vincent
Attitude Pictures Ltd

Special Journalism Award

Winner
Entry: Organisation: Investigation into the Realities of New Zealand’s Mental Health System
The Wireless – Radio New Zealand’s website
Jessica McAllen
Freelance Journalist

2015: Canberra

PRESENTER: The Hon Dr Kay Patterson, National Mental Health Commissioner

Text Journalism

Winner
Entry: Speaking Out About Suicide
Organisation:  Freelance Journalist: Chris Barton

Sound/Vision Journalism

Winner
Entry: Changing Minds: The Inside Story
Northern Pictures

Special Journalism Award – Regional/Rural/Community Focus

Winner
Entry: Lifting the Lid – series
Journalist: Stacey Knott
The Nelson Mail/Fairfax Media

Special Journalism Award – Regional/Rural/Community Focus

Winner
Entry: “Shattering the Bulletproof Farmer Myth” and
“Dartmoor Farmer creates Fundraising Calendar for Suicide Prevention”
Danielle Grindlay
Rural Reporter ABC Rural

2014: Perth

PRESENTER: Professor Fiona Stanley Distinguished Research Professor at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, UWA; Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: ‘Coming Home’ Parts 1&2, Foreign Correspondent
Sally Sara
ABC TV, Sydney NSW

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: The Sunnyboy
Kaye Harrison
Organisation: Treehouse Productions, Woy Woy NSW

Print Media

Winner
Entry: ‘Feeling Down on the Farm – mental health in Rural Taranaki’
Gordon Hudson
Like Minds Taranaki, New Plymouth New Zealand

Special Media Award

Winner
Entry: ABC Open Mental Health Awareness Week ‘guest blogs’ from the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.
Emma Pedler, Producer
ABC Open, Sydney NSW

2013: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Senator Jacinta Collins, Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing and Professor Allan Fels, AO, Chair, National Mental Health Commission.

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Youth Mental Health – “Young Minds – the Highs & Lows” and
“I Hurt Myself – the secrecy of self harm”; All In The Mind
Lynne Malcolm
ABC Radio National, Sydney NSW

Special Media Achievement Award – Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Mental Notes
Jim Marbrook
Independent Producer / Director / Cameraman, Auckland, New Zealand

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Ending the Suicide Silence
Organisation: The Border Mail, Wodonga, VIC

Special Media Award – Print Media

Winner
Entry: The Land newspaper – Rural Adversity Mental Health Program
Glove Box Guide to Mental Health

2012: Cairns

PRESENTER: Professor Allan Fels, AO, Chair, National Mental Health Commission and Dean, Australia and New Zealand School Of Government

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: A Little Known Depression
Karen O’Sullivan
Channel 7, Melbourne VIC

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Who’s helping adult survivors of abuse? Child abuse, adult anguish’
Jill Margo
The Australian Financial Review, NSW

2011: Adelaide

PRESENTER: The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: The Silent Epidemic
Renee Kennedy, Mark Hamlyn and Ili Bare
Beyond Screen Productions Pty Ltd, NSW

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Down on the Farm – Depression and mental health in the rural south
Yvonne O’Hara
Southern Rural Life, Otago, New Zealand

SPECIAL MEDIA AWARD – BROADCAST COMMUNITY FOCUS

Winner
Entry: Community Radio Suicide Prevention Project
Ian Watson
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, Brisbane, QLD

2010: Sydney

PRESENTER: Senator Claire Moore, Senator for Queensland and Chair of the Senate Community Affairs Committee, representing the Australian Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: KIDS’ BUSINESS
Cath South and Stewart Carter
People Pictures

Print Media

Winner
Entry: GEELONG’S JOURNEY
Danny Lannen
Geelong Advertiser, VIC

SPECIAL MEDIA AWARD – RURAL FOCUS

Winner
Entry: ‘The black day farmer John hit the dirt’ and ‘Many pathways to depression but what is the way back?’
Sarah Quinton
The West Australian Newspaper, WA

SPECIAL MEDIA AWARD – RURAL FOCUS

Winner
Entry: Cape York Health Promotions Project – Suicide Prevention in Cape York’s Remote Indigenous Communities’
Samuel Watson and Karen Dorante
Brisbane Indigenous Media Association, QLD

2009: Perth

PRESENTER: Senator Claire Moore, Senator for Queensland and Chair of the Senate Community Affairs Committee

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Just a Little Mad
Bryan Bruce
Red Sky Film & TV Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Reaching Out
Jane Wilson
Riverland Weekly, Berri, SA

Special Media Achievement Award – Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Farmers’ Mental Health Workshop
Wendy Spooner
Namoi Valley Independent, Gunnedah, NSW

2008: Auckland

PRESENTER: Dr Janice Wilson, Deputy Director General, Population Health Directorate, New Zealand Ministry of Health

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Angels And Demons
Sonya Pemberton
Zapruder’s Other Films, North Sydney, NSW

Special Media Achievement Award – Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: All In The Mind
Natasha Mitchell
ABC Radio National, Melbourne, VIC

Special Media Achievement Award – Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Road To Recovery
Sheldon Brown
Framework Trust In Association With Morningside Productions, Auckland, NZ

Print Media

Winner
Entry: “It Affects Your Whole Life”
Carolyn Jeffrey
The Times, Victor Harbor,SA

2007: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Senator the Hon. Brett Mason, Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Black Dog
Sally Sara
ABC-TV, Landline, Brisbane, QLD

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Every Fortnight: a life lost, just begun
Deborah Gough
The Sunday Age, Melbourne, VIC

Rural/Regional Media

Winner
Entry: Mental Illness Stigma
Raquel De Brito
Examiner Newspapers, Perth, WA

2006: Townsville

PRESENTER: The Hon. Tony Abbott, Minister for Health

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Broken Open
Roger Bayley
ABC TV – Compass
High profile sports journalist Craig Hamilton was about to catch a train for the assignment of a lifetime, the Sydney Olympic Games. But on the platform he had a violent psychotic episode and by day’s end was in the high security wing of a psychiatric hospital. When he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, or manic depression, Craig had to reevaluate his life. A country boy who began his working life as a coal miner, Craig began a profound transformation. The experience has given him new insights into his own life and spirituality, as well as a deep appreciation of those who rallied to help a once proudly self-reliant man. ‘Broken Open’ is a first hand account of a rarely discussed mental health issue. It’s a story told with courage and breathtaking honesty by a very engaging bloke.

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Fragmented Minds
Lynne Malcolm
ABC Radio National: All in the Mind
This is a two-part radio series focusing on Schizophrenia which was broadcast on All in the Mind. Part one features the experience of Angela, a young woman who now has her schizophrenia controlled by medication, an explanation of the disorder itself and some of the research which is being done in order to find better ways of understanding and treating schizophrenia.
Part two features the experience of the father of a young man who is still struggling with schizophrenia, and discusses the physical and emotional difficulties of caring for a loved one with schizophrenia. We also hear about the range of ways, besides medication, in which people with schizophrenia can be supported in order to give them a better quality of life.

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Turning point
Josephine Brouard
Notebook/FPC publishing
The profile and photographic portrait of bipolar disorder survivor, Wendy Curtis, is a vividly meaningful way of humanising a harrowing health journey, presenting it as uplifiting rather than mournful. Moreover, as part of a quartet of inspiring Australian women with different stories to tell, Wendy’s bipolar journey is rightfully integrated with the rest of the magazine’s rich tapestry of tales. By using the first-person mode to describe the life of a bipolar disorder sufferer, the article brings to life the reality of the illness. When a bipolar disporder sufferer recounts the symptoms and social impact endured, readers believe the integrity of the personal account. Wendy tells how she turned her life around with medical and familial support and because of her honesty, readers feel compassion rather than fear. The profile also notes how the illness can be managed and Wendy is clearly depicted, not as victim, but as gutsy survivor.

Community/regional print media

Winner
Entry: Out of mind: uncovering mental illness
Rachel Watts
Community Newspaper Group
‘Out of Mind: Uncovering Mental Illness’ was a fortnightly series run over 10 weeks in the Community Newspaper Group’s Western Suburbs Weekly. Topics to be considered in the series were drafted after attending public forums on mental illness run by community support group Arafmi. However after the first article, Burden will get heavier (Tuesday, October 25), support organisations and groups began calling offering topics for inclusion. The result was a wealth of information about problems faced by people with mental illness and the need for improved mental health awareness that could scarely be covered in five editions. The articles focused on the stories of people with mental illness, ways to identify mental illness and the services available. A balance between problems and solutions was sought to avoid focusing on the negative side of mental illness. Comment was sought from professionals at a local level and service providers.

2005: Adelaide

PRESENTER: Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Acting Disability Commissioner

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Beating the Black Dog & Messing with Heads
Janine Cohen, Alec Cullen, Sandra Harvey, Sally Virgoe, and Four Corners Team
ABC TV, Four Corners
Two Four Corners television documentaries look at the issue of mental illness. “Beating the Black Dog” follows four people with depression and documents how they live with and work towards recovery from the illness. “Messing with Heads” looks at the impact of chronic cannabis use on young people. The program documented stories of those who have cannabis indused psychotic illness, as well as how they live with and work towards recovery from their illness.

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Shame of our Forgotten People
Peter Ellingsen
Sunday Age Newspaper, 250 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC 3001
In December 2004 Peter Ellingsen began an investigative series into mental health in Victoria, which brought together experts and decision-makers, exposed gross inadequacy and led to a government rethink of resourcing.

2004: Gold Coast

PRESENTER: Professor Allan Fels AO, Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: All in the Mind
Natasha Mitchell
ABC Radio National (and freelance)
1. Aotearoa Minds: Maoris Taking on Mental Health (May 2004)
This program is the first of a two-part series focusing on Maori led innovations in mental health in New Zealand, in response to critical needs amongst Maori people. The series strives to explore the value systems underpinning Maori-centred approaches to the definition and treatment of mental illness.
2. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Good for Everyone? (2003)
CBT is discussed widely as the therapy for which there is the most clinical evidence for its efficacy. This feature looks more deeply at debate around the limitations of the therapy in some contexts.
3. Bipolar Disorder: Treating the Rollercoaster (2004)
This program explores, in part the legacy of Lithium as a treatment for Bipolar Disorder, the revival of research into the critical role that psychotherapy can play in bipolar depressive disorder.
4. The Antidepressants Debate: Depressed, Bothered or Bewildered? Pt. 1 & 2 (October 2003)
This public debate was held publicly in Perth at Murdoch University between Dr David Healy and Professor Ian Hickie, among Grace Groom and two people with lived experiences of antidepressants. The complex and difficult issues canvassed in this debate were later broadcast in a BBC TV documentary, Secrets of Seroxat.

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Dancing with Strangeness
Organisation: Janet Hawley
Good Weekend, Sydney
In this profile of the amazing Dr Fred Frese, Janet Hawley portrays the both fascinating and frightening world of schizophrenia, and what it feels like from the inside and outside. The article explores not only Dr Frese’s illness and diagnosis, and how his own children have been diagnosed with mental illness, but it paints a vivid image of how the thought processes of people with schizophrenia differ from those who do not.

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Suicide: Men at Risk
Steve Waldon and Julie-Anne Davies
The Age, Melbourne,Vic
Part of a series published by The Age on the largely ignored national problem of male suicide. In the course of this investigation, the paper was encouraged by health professionals and by the families of suicide victims – the people most critically affected – to publish their stories. There was an overwhelming belief that the issue needed to be aired and discussed.

2003: Canberra

PRESENTER: Presented jointly by The Hon. Trish Worth, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, and Mr Simon Champ, Director of SANE Australia

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: The Department of Lost Voices
Nick Franklin, Philip Ulman and Steven Tilley
ABC Radio National’s Radio Eye
The Department of Lost Voices tells the personal stories of how people with schizophrenia are treated in the criminal justice system. Broadcast as part of a four-part series on crime and punishment on Radio National’s Radio Eye program in October 2002, the documental relies on the personal testimony of people with schizophrenia to reveal the failings of “care in the community”.

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Lives in Turmoil
Joe Spagnolo
South Western Times, WA
Mental health, and more specifically the sensitive issue of suicide has almost been a “no go” area for many newspapers and other media in Australia. The feature is an investigation into the issue of suicides in rural WA, a culmination of more than 30 reports on the issue.

2002: Sydney

PRESENTER: Dr Norman Swan, renowned Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist.

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Three Episodes from the series “All In The Mind”, ‘Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Surgery of the Psyche’, ‘Mental Illness and the Medical Profession’ and ‘Life Beyond Coma and Brain Injury’
Natasha Mitchell and David Rutledge
ABC Radio National

REGIONAL PRESS PRINT MEDIA

Winner
Entry: A series covering the Cowra Mental Health Forum
Rotary Club of Cowra – Tiit Tonuri; Managing Editor. -. Andrew Fisher; Staff Journalists – Andrew Fisher, Janine Finlayson and Carmen Swadling
Cowra Guardian

REGIONAL PRESS PRINT MEDIA

Winner
Entry: Series of articles on Youth suicide and Depression
Nicole Mayne and Daniel Fogarty
Geelong Advertiser

2001: Wellington

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: “The Pioneer Clubhouse”
Natasha Mitchell
ABC Radio National
This program was made for ABC Radio National’s contemporary social feature program, Earshot. Pioneer Clubhouse is a rehabilitation-focused community centre based in Balgowlah, Sydney. It’s a unique place, with an interesting approach to supporting those who have experienced or are still living with mental illness. Staff and members work side by side, with everyone involved in the running of the place. Somewhere between a drop-in centre, a classroom, a therapeutic space, a cafe and a workplace – it’s a small venue with a big personality. This radio feature focused on the triumphs and transitions of individual Clubhouse members. Equally, it acknowledges the personal confusion and pain that mental illness can cause, and to an extent explores the challenges faced in building a close-knit community made up of a diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: “The Way Home” – Susie’s Story
Katie O’Connor & Marcel Currin
Mercury Television, NZ

Print Media

Winner
Entry: “Losing It”
Jacinta Ryan
The Melbourne Clinic

2000: Adelaide

PRESENTER: Mr Dermot Casey, Director of Quality and Effectiveness Section, Mental Health Branch, Department of Health and Family Services

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Mental Health Series
Organisation: Katie O’Connor & Mike Bartley
Mercury Television, NZ

Print Media

Winner
Entry: “Voices in the Dark”
Janet Hawley
Good Weekend, Sydney

1999: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Sir Ronald Wilson, 28th Justice of the High Court of Australia, President of Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, co-author of Stolen Generations Rep

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: The Top Paddock
Justine Lees
ABC Radio

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Cole’s Comfort
Janet Hawley & James Braund
Good Weekend, Sydney

1998: Hobart

PRESENTER: Dr Harvey Whiteford, Director of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Australia

Print Media

Winner
Entry: “All the Lonely People”
Denise Elizabeth Ryan, Mind and Body Editor
The Age Newspaper, Vic

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: “Reach Out”
Sharon Longridge & Tony Collins
Tiple J National Youth Network, ABC Radio

2016: Auckland, New Zealand

PRESENTER: Kevin Allan, Mental Health Commissioner, Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, New Zealand

Text Journalism

Winner
Entry: Organisation: Away From The Edge
Veronica Schmidt
The New Zealand Listener

Sound/Vision Journalism

Winner
Entry: Organisation: ENTRY: Our Kids – Why Are They So Stressed?
JOURNALISTS: Quentin McDermott, Peter Cronau – Producer, Joel Tozer – Researcher
ORGANISATION: ABC TV, Four Corners

Special Journalism Award

Winner
Entry: Organisation: Surviving Schizophrenia
PRODUCERS: Emma Calveley, Robyn Scott-Vincent
Attitude Pictures Ltd

Special Journalism Award

Winner
Entry: Organisation: Investigation into the Realities of New Zealand’s Mental Health System
The Wireless – Radio New Zealand’s website
Jessica McAllen
Freelance Journalist

2015: Canberra

PRESENTER: The Hon Dr Kay Patterson, National Mental Health Commissioner

Text Journalism

Winner
Entry: Speaking Out About Suicide
Organisation:  Freelance Journalist: Chris Barton

Sound/Vision Journalism

Winner
Entry: Changing Minds: The Inside Story
Northern Pictures

Special Journalism Award – Regional/Rural/Community Focus

Winner
Entry: Lifting the Lid – series
Journalist: Stacey Knott
The Nelson Mail/Fairfax Media

Special Journalism Award – Regional/Rural/Community Focus

Winner
Entry: “Shattering the Bulletproof Farmer Myth” and
“Dartmoor Farmer creates Fundraising Calendar for Suicide Prevention”
Danielle Grindlay
Rural Reporter ABC Rural

2014: Perth

PRESENTER: Professor Fiona Stanley Distinguished Research Professor at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, UWA; Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: ‘Coming Home’ Parts 1&2, Foreign Correspondent
Sally Sara
ABC TV, Sydney NSW

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: The Sunnyboy
Kaye Harrison
Organisation: Treehouse Productions, Woy Woy NSW

Print Media

Winner
Entry: ‘Feeling Down on the Farm – mental health in Rural Taranaki’
Gordon Hudson
Like Minds Taranaki, New Plymouth New Zealand

Special Media Award

Winner
Entry: ABC Open Mental Health Awareness Week ‘guest blogs’ from the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.
Emma Pedler, Producer
ABC Open, Sydney NSW

2013: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Senator Jacinta Collins, Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing and Professor Allan Fels, AO, Chair, National Mental Health Commission.

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Youth Mental Health – “Young Minds – the Highs & Lows” and
“I Hurt Myself – the secrecy of self harm”; All In The Mind
Lynne Malcolm
ABC Radio National, Sydney NSW

Special Media Achievement Award – Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Mental Notes
Jim Marbrook
Independent Producer / Director / Cameraman, Auckland, New Zealand

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Ending the Suicide Silence
Organisation: The Border Mail, Wodonga, VIC

Special Media Award – Print Media

Winner
Entry: The Land newspaper – Rural Adversity Mental Health Program
Glove Box Guide to Mental Health

2012: Cairns

PRESENTER: Professor Allan Fels, AO, Chair, National Mental Health Commission and Dean, Australia and New Zealand School Of Government

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: A Little Known Depression
Karen O’Sullivan
Channel 7, Melbourne VIC

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Who’s helping adult survivors of abuse? Child abuse, adult anguish’
Jill Margo
The Australian Financial Review, NSW

2011: Adelaide

PRESENTER: The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: The Silent Epidemic
Renee Kennedy, Mark Hamlyn and Ili Bare
Beyond Screen Productions Pty Ltd, NSW

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Down on the Farm – Depression and mental health in the rural south
Yvonne O’Hara
Southern Rural Life, Otago, New Zealand

SPECIAL MEDIA AWARD – BROADCAST COMMUNITY FOCUS

Winner
Entry: Community Radio Suicide Prevention Project
Ian Watson
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, Brisbane, QLD

2010: Sydney

PRESENTER: Senator Claire Moore, Senator for Queensland and Chair of the Senate Community Affairs Committee, representing the Australian Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: KIDS’ BUSINESS
Cath South and Stewart Carter
People Pictures

Print Media

Winner
Entry: GEELONG’S JOURNEY
Danny Lannen
Geelong Advertiser, VIC

SPECIAL MEDIA AWARD – RURAL FOCUS

Winner
Entry: ‘The black day farmer John hit the dirt’ and ‘Many pathways to depression but what is the way back?’
Sarah Quinton
The West Australian Newspaper, WA

SPECIAL MEDIA AWARD – RURAL FOCUS

Winner
Entry: Cape York Health Promotions Project – Suicide Prevention in Cape York’s Remote Indigenous Communities’
Samuel Watson and Karen Dorante
Brisbane Indigenous Media Association, QLD

2009: Perth

PRESENTER: Senator Claire Moore, Senator for Queensland and Chair of the Senate Community Affairs Committee

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Just a Little Mad
Bryan Bruce
Red Sky Film & TV Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Reaching Out
Jane Wilson
Riverland Weekly, Berri, SA

Special Media Achievement Award – Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Farmers’ Mental Health Workshop
Wendy Spooner
Namoi Valley Independent, Gunnedah, NSW

2008: Auckland

PRESENTER: Dr Janice Wilson, Deputy Director General, Population Health Directorate, New Zealand Ministry of Health

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Angels And Demons
Sonya Pemberton
Zapruder’s Other Films, North Sydney, NSW

Special Media Achievement Award – Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: All In The Mind
Natasha Mitchell
ABC Radio National, Melbourne, VIC

Special Media Achievement Award – Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Road To Recovery
Sheldon Brown
Framework Trust In Association With Morningside Productions, Auckland, NZ

Print Media

Winner
Entry: “It Affects Your Whole Life”
Carolyn Jeffrey
The Times, Victor Harbor,SA

2007: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Senator the Hon. Brett Mason, Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Black Dog
Sally Sara
ABC-TV, Landline, Brisbane, QLD

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Every Fortnight: a life lost, just begun
Deborah Gough
The Sunday Age, Melbourne, VIC

Rural/Regional Media

Winner
Entry: Mental Illness Stigma
Raquel De Brito
Examiner Newspapers, Perth, WA

2006: Townsville

PRESENTER: The Hon. Tony Abbott, Minister for Health

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Broken Open
Roger Bayley
ABC TV – Compass
High profile sports journalist Craig Hamilton was about to catch a train for the assignment of a lifetime, the Sydney Olympic Games. But on the platform he had a violent psychotic episode and by day’s end was in the high security wing of a psychiatric hospital. When he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, or manic depression, Craig had to reevaluate his life. A country boy who began his working life as a coal miner, Craig began a profound transformation. The experience has given him new insights into his own life and spirituality, as well as a deep appreciation of those who rallied to help a once proudly self-reliant man. ‘Broken Open’ is a first hand account of a rarely discussed mental health issue. It’s a story told with courage and breathtaking honesty by a very engaging bloke.

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Fragmented Minds
Lynne Malcolm
ABC Radio National: All in the Mind
This is a two-part radio series focusing on Schizophrenia which was broadcast on All in the Mind. Part one features the experience of Angela, a young woman who now has her schizophrenia controlled by medication, an explanation of the disorder itself and some of the research which is being done in order to find better ways of understanding and treating schizophrenia.
Part two features the experience of the father of a young man who is still struggling with schizophrenia, and discusses the physical and emotional difficulties of caring for a loved one with schizophrenia. We also hear about the range of ways, besides medication, in which people with schizophrenia can be supported in order to give them a better quality of life.

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Turning point
Josephine Brouard
Notebook/FPC publishing
The profile and photographic portrait of bipolar disorder survivor, Wendy Curtis, is a vividly meaningful way of humanising a harrowing health journey, presenting it as uplifiting rather than mournful. Moreover, as part of a quartet of inspiring Australian women with different stories to tell, Wendy’s bipolar journey is rightfully integrated with the rest of the magazine’s rich tapestry of tales. By using the first-person mode to describe the life of a bipolar disorder sufferer, the article brings to life the reality of the illness. When a bipolar disporder sufferer recounts the symptoms and social impact endured, readers believe the integrity of the personal account. Wendy tells how she turned her life around with medical and familial support and because of her honesty, readers feel compassion rather than fear. The profile also notes how the illness can be managed and Wendy is clearly depicted, not as victim, but as gutsy survivor.

Community/regional print media

Winner
Entry: Out of mind: uncovering mental illness
Rachel Watts
Community Newspaper Group
‘Out of Mind: Uncovering Mental Illness’ was a fortnightly series run over 10 weeks in the Community Newspaper Group’s Western Suburbs Weekly. Topics to be considered in the series were drafted after attending public forums on mental illness run by community support group Arafmi. However after the first article, Burden will get heavier (Tuesday, October 25), support organisations and groups began calling offering topics for inclusion. The result was a wealth of information about problems faced by people with mental illness and the need for improved mental health awareness that could scarely be covered in five editions. The articles focused on the stories of people with mental illness, ways to identify mental illness and the services available. A balance between problems and solutions was sought to avoid focusing on the negative side of mental illness. Comment was sought from professionals at a local level and service providers.

2005: Adelaide

PRESENTER: Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Acting Disability Commissioner

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Beating the Black Dog & Messing with Heads
Janine Cohen, Alec Cullen, Sandra Harvey, Sally Virgoe, and Four Corners Team
ABC TV, Four Corners
Two Four Corners television documentaries look at the issue of mental illness. “Beating the Black Dog” follows four people with depression and documents how they live with and work towards recovery from the illness. “Messing with Heads” looks at the impact of chronic cannabis use on young people. The program documented stories of those who have cannabis indused psychotic illness, as well as how they live with and work towards recovery from their illness.

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Shame of our Forgotten People
Peter Ellingsen
Sunday Age Newspaper, 250 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC 3001
In December 2004 Peter Ellingsen began an investigative series into mental health in Victoria, which brought together experts and decision-makers, exposed gross inadequacy and led to a government rethink of resourcing.

2004: Gold Coast

PRESENTER: Professor Allan Fels AO, Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: All in the Mind
Natasha Mitchell
ABC Radio National (and freelance)
1. Aotearoa Minds: Maoris Taking on Mental Health (May 2004)
This program is the first of a two-part series focusing on Maori led innovations in mental health in New Zealand, in response to critical needs amongst Maori people. The series strives to explore the value systems underpinning Maori-centred approaches to the definition and treatment of mental illness.
2. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Good for Everyone? (2003)
CBT is discussed widely as the therapy for which there is the most clinical evidence for its efficacy. This feature looks more deeply at debate around the limitations of the therapy in some contexts.
3. Bipolar Disorder: Treating the Rollercoaster (2004)
This program explores, in part the legacy of Lithium as a treatment for Bipolar Disorder, the revival of research into the critical role that psychotherapy can play in bipolar depressive disorder.
4. The Antidepressants Debate: Depressed, Bothered or Bewildered? Pt. 1 & 2 (October 2003)
This public debate was held publicly in Perth at Murdoch University between Dr David Healy and Professor Ian Hickie, among Grace Groom and two people with lived experiences of antidepressants. The complex and difficult issues canvassed in this debate were later broadcast in a BBC TV documentary, Secrets of Seroxat.

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Dancing with Strangeness
Organisation: Janet Hawley
Good Weekend, Sydney
In this profile of the amazing Dr Fred Frese, Janet Hawley portrays the both fascinating and frightening world of schizophrenia, and what it feels like from the inside and outside. The article explores not only Dr Frese’s illness and diagnosis, and how his own children have been diagnosed with mental illness, but it paints a vivid image of how the thought processes of people with schizophrenia differ from those who do not.

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Suicide: Men at Risk
Steve Waldon and Julie-Anne Davies
The Age, Melbourne,Vic
Part of a series published by The Age on the largely ignored national problem of male suicide. In the course of this investigation, the paper was encouraged by health professionals and by the families of suicide victims – the people most critically affected – to publish their stories. There was an overwhelming belief that the issue needed to be aired and discussed.

2003: Canberra

PRESENTER: Presented jointly by The Hon. Trish Worth, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, and Mr Simon Champ, Director of SANE Australia

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: The Department of Lost Voices
Nick Franklin, Philip Ulman and Steven Tilley
ABC Radio National’s Radio Eye
The Department of Lost Voices tells the personal stories of how people with schizophrenia are treated in the criminal justice system. Broadcast as part of a four-part series on crime and punishment on Radio National’s Radio Eye program in October 2002, the documental relies on the personal testimony of people with schizophrenia to reveal the failings of “care in the community”.

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Lives in Turmoil
Joe Spagnolo
South Western Times, WA
Mental health, and more specifically the sensitive issue of suicide has almost been a “no go” area for many newspapers and other media in Australia. The feature is an investigation into the issue of suicides in rural WA, a culmination of more than 30 reports on the issue.

2002: Sydney

PRESENTER: Dr Norman Swan, renowned Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist.

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Three Episodes from the series “All In The Mind”, ‘Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Surgery of the Psyche’, ‘Mental Illness and the Medical Profession’ and ‘Life Beyond Coma and Brain Injury’
Natasha Mitchell and David Rutledge
ABC Radio National

REGIONAL PRESS PRINT MEDIA

Winner
Entry: A series covering the Cowra Mental Health Forum
Rotary Club of Cowra – Tiit Tonuri; Managing Editor. -. Andrew Fisher; Staff Journalists – Andrew Fisher, Janine Finlayson and Carmen Swadling
Cowra Guardian

REGIONAL PRESS PRINT MEDIA

Winner
Entry: Series of articles on Youth suicide and Depression
Nicole Mayne and Daniel Fogarty
Geelong Advertiser

2001: Wellington

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: “The Pioneer Clubhouse”
Natasha Mitchell
ABC Radio National
This program was made for ABC Radio National’s contemporary social feature program, Earshot. Pioneer Clubhouse is a rehabilitation-focused community centre based in Balgowlah, Sydney. It’s a unique place, with an interesting approach to supporting those who have experienced or are still living with mental illness. Staff and members work side by side, with everyone involved in the running of the place. Somewhere between a drop-in centre, a classroom, a therapeutic space, a cafe and a workplace – it’s a small venue with a big personality. This radio feature focused on the triumphs and transitions of individual Clubhouse members. Equally, it acknowledges the personal confusion and pain that mental illness can cause, and to an extent explores the challenges faced in building a close-knit community made up of a diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: “The Way Home” – Susie’s Story
Katie O’Connor & Marcel Currin
Mercury Television, NZ

Print Media

Winner
Entry: “Losing It”
Jacinta Ryan
The Melbourne Clinic

2000: Adelaide

PRESENTER: Mr Dermot Casey, Director of Quality and Effectiveness Section, Mental Health Branch, Department of Health and Family Services

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: Mental Health Series
Organisation: Katie O’Connor & Mike Bartley
Mercury Television, NZ

Print Media

Winner
Entry: “Voices in the Dark”
Janet Hawley
Good Weekend, Sydney

1999: Melbourne

PRESENTER: Sir Ronald Wilson, 28th Justice of the High Court of Australia, President of Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, co-author of Stolen Generations Rep

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: The Top Paddock
Justine Lees
ABC Radio

Print Media

Winner
Entry: Cole’s Comfort
Janet Hawley & James Braund
Good Weekend, Sydney

1998: Hobart

PRESENTER: Dr Harvey Whiteford, Director of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Australia

Print Media

Winner
Entry: “All the Lonely People”
Denise Elizabeth Ryan, Mind and Body Editor
The Age Newspaper, Vic

Broadcast Media

Winner
Entry: “Reach Out”
Sharon Longridge & Tony Collins
Tiple J National Youth Network, ABC Radio

TOM TRAUER AWARD

2016: Auckland, New Zealand

PRESENTER: Kevin Allan, Mental Health Commissioner, Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, New Zealand

Melissa Petrakis

RESEARCH: Academic mentoring, collaboration and co-production in mental health services research

ORGANISATION: Monash University, St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne), Mental Health Service

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF RESEARCH
Dr Melissa Petrakis, PhD, MSW (Research), BSW, BA has worked in mental health services and programs for 20 years, the first decade as a clinician and the second as a practice-based researcher. This entry is to acknowledge excellence in the way her approach to research has championed co-design, co-production and co-authorship, with an emphasis on questioning and learning together, combined with respectful mentoring. She has engaged in extensive collaborative research with people with lived experience of mental illness and their families, with interdisciplinary staff within clinical services, and with programs and staff across the community support services sector; evidenced by 37 publications (16 first author). She has delivered over 60 national and international conference presentations. Her strengths-based mental health research contributed to a Silver Award at TheMHS (2011) and ‘Highly Commended’ at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards (2011); and the co-production approach received a ‘Special Judges’ Commendation’ at TheMHS (2013).

BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION OF ORGANISATION
Monash University is ranked in the top one per cent of world universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2013-2014). The 2012-2013 rankings noted Monash as one of only six Australian universities in the world’s top 100, and the 34th university in the world for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health. Monash is a member of the Group of Eight, an alliance of leading Australian universities recognised for excellence in teaching and research. St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne), Mental Health Service, is a comprehensive public area mental health service in inner metropolitan Melbourne. Funded by the Victorian Government, the service has a budget of $31m and 287.6 FTE staff. Approximately 800 consumers receive treatment at any one time. Services include 24-hour Triage, Crisis Assessment and Treatment, Emergency Department Mental Health, Acute Inpatient, Residential Rehabilitation, Mobile Support and Treatment, Continuing Care, Homeless Outreach, regional and state-wide specialist services.

2015: Canberra

PRESENTER: The Hon Dr Kay Patterson, National Mental Health Commissioner

Mind Australia’s Director of Research: Investing in recovery and social inclusion research activity

PROGRAM: Mind Australia’s Director of Research: Investing in recovery and social inclusion research activity

ORGANISATION: Mind Australia and The University of Melbourne

The position of Director of Research at Mind Australia commenced in January 2011 in partnership with the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. Funding was allocated for a three year period and supported by a significant donation to Mind Australia directed at developing a research program within the organisation. In 2014 this contract has been extended for a further three years. The development of the position recognised the need to stimulate and conduct research activity in the community managed mental health support sector to inform the development of services for people facing serious mental health related challenges. The Director of Research is employed by the University in an innovative in-reach position that has enabled Mind Australia to form a direct connection to the University, supported the development of other academic partnerships and increase the organisations research capability and capacity.
BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION OF ORGANISATION
Mind works with people aged 16 years and over whose ability to manage their daily activities and to live in the community is impacted by mental health issues. We work with people who seek our support to set goals, and develop the knowledge and skills to achieve them. Our focus is on an individual’s strengths, values and support preferences rather than their illness. Research and evaluation are vital aspects of the work undertaken by Mind. We believe that an active program of research and evaluation activities is important to improving the quality and effectiveness of our services. Mind’s investment in a Director of Research position in collaboration with the Centre for Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne has played a vital role in building robust research that supports the work we do.

2014: Perth

PRESENTER: Professor Fiona Stanley Distinguished Research Professor at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, UWA; Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne

Joint Award Winners

Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) – Partnerships, Research and Results

What is happening to Seclusion Review that makes a difference? – a consumer led research study
Mr Bradley Foxlewin, Independent Consumer Researcher, NSW

EARLY CAREER RESEARCH AWARD

2016: Auckland, New Zealand

PRESENTER: Kevin Allan, Mental Health Commissioner, Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, New Zealand

Winner for Best Practice

RESEARCH PROJECT: Help for health anxiety via the Internet

ORGANISATION: The Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression, UNSW Australia at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF RESEARCH
Aim: Severe health anxiety, also called Illness Anxiety Disorder, is a debilitating and costly condition that can be effectively treated using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but access to treatment is often limited due to the lack of skilled clinicians and other barriers (e.g., cost). In a previous pilot trial, we demonstrated that an internet-delivered CBT (iCBT) program for health anxiety (the Health Anxiety Program) led to significant reductions in health anxiety. This study extended beyond the pilot trial to evaluate the iCBT program in a randomised controlled trial. Method: Participants (N=100) who met DSM-5 criteria for Illness Anxiety Disorder were randomly allocated to either a group who received a 6-lesson clinician-guided iCBT program for health anxiety over 12 weeks, or a control condition who received anxiety psychoeducation. Participants were assessed on measures of health anxiety (Short Health Anxiety Inventory), depression (PHQ-9), as well as cognitive (hypervigilance) and behavioural features of health anxiety (checking and reassurance-seeking) at baseline, mid-treatment, and post-treatment (or equivalent time-points for the control condition). Results: Participants who received the Health Anxiety Program experience large and clinically significant reductions in health anxiety from pre-to-post treatment. Results also demonstrated that iCBT was more effective than anxiety psychoeducation. Adherence rates were good (>70%), and treatment satisfaction was high. Results from mediation analyses investigating the mediating role of checking, reassurance-seeking and body hypervigilance in symptom improvements will be reported. Conclusion: This is the online English-language iCBT program for health anxiety, and the second of its kind internationally. CBT for severe health anxiety is an effective intervention for people with illness anxiety disorder, and can be successfully delivered over the internet with excellent results. Delivering CBT via the internet for this condition will enable more people in need to receive effective treatment, particularly those who present for help in emergency departments, primary care and outpatient medical services, rather than psychiatric services.

BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION OF ORGANISATION
The Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) at St Vincent’s Hospital (Sydney) operates a face-to-face outpatient anxiety disorders treatment unit, which sees over 400 new referrals per year. CRUfAD also operates an online clinic (ThisWayUp) delivering online cognitive behavioural therapy programs to people with anxiety and depression throughout Australia and internationally. Self-help programs are completed by more than 2000 individuals per year, with therapist-guided programs used by 1000. Current staff at CRUfAD include 2 postdoctoral fellows, 2 psychiatry registrars, 1 psychiatrist, 3 clinical psychologists, 2 intern psychologists, 4 students, and 3 research staff.

Winner for Innovation

RESEARCH PROJECT: The Rebound Pilot Study for Depression Relapse Prevention in Young People

ORGANISATION: Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE RESEARCH
Prevention of relapse has become the grand challenge in youth depression, with widespread international calls for innovative, cost-effective treatments addressing long-term relapse prevention. The Rebound pilot study was designed to test the safety, feasibility, acceptability and initial treatment benefit of a world-first, innovative, social networking intervention for depression relapse prevention. Rebound uniquely includes: (i) online social networking, (ii) individually tailored psychosocial interventions and, (iii) peer-to-peer, and professional clinical moderation, and seeks to prevent a depressive episode from turning into a recurrent, relapsing condition. A total of 42 young people (mean age 18.5 years; 21 males) experiencing major depressive disorder had access to Rebound for 3-months. Results highlighted initial treatment benefits (significantly improved remission rates, depression and social connectedness) in addition to high levels of intervention safety, feasibility and acceptability. Interview and focus group data emphasised Rebound as an accessible and supportive community providing beneficial peer support and clinician delivered intervention.

BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION OF ORGANISATION
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people. At Orygen, leadership and staff work to deliver cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education to ensure that there is continuous improvement in the treatments and care provided to young people experiencing mental ill-health. Orygen’s work has created a new, more positive approach to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders, and has developed new models of care for young people with emerging disorders. This work has been translated into a worldwide shift in services and treatments to include a primary focus on getting well and staying well, and health care models that include partnership with young people and families.

2015: Canberra

PRESENTER: The Hon Dr Kay Patterson, National Mental Health Commissioner

Winner for Excellence

Shared Decision Making in Youth Mental Health
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, VIC

Winner for Innovation

Innovative Prevention and Treatment Approaches to interrupt the Vicious Cycle of Anxiety and Substance Use
Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use,
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW

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