Leanne Craze

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Year: 2011

Event: 2011 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: NSW

Award level: Winner

Award category: Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services in Australia or New Zealand

Abstract: 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 the 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 Commission’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 represents an acknowledgement of an exceptional contribution, the results of which will flow on to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all

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