Authors: Prahran Mission
Event: 2002 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Winner
Award category: Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services in Australia
Abstract: 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.