TheMHS Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand, 2021


TheMHS Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand, 2021

Media release from The Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand
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People from all parts of mental health services have been recognised for their vital contributions to addressing mental health issues across Australia and New Zealand, in the TheMHS Mental Health Service Awards.

Fourteen Awards across eleven categories have been presented to individuals and organisations at this week’s ‘Hope into Action’ Conference Awards Ceremony, hosted by TheMHS Learning Network and attended online by over 500 mental health professionals on both sides of the Tasman.

The Awards acknowledge and promote: best-practice in the delivery of mental health services; innovation, consumer-focus and lived-experience leadership; excellence in mental health research; as well as media and journalism that helps decrease the stigma which can still be associated with mental distress.

The 2021 Awards include the inaugural ‘Wellbeing in the Workplace’ award, which has been won by Air New Zealand.

This new category recognises strategy, intervention and systems that support organisational and workplace wellbeing. This has never been more relevant, as COVID 19 restrictions and lockdowns have introduced new workplace pressures.

Judges determined that Air New Zealand had made the wellbeing of its workforce a priority and had developed a strategy to attend to real issues, with examples of initiatives and positive uptake at every level - individual, collective and organisational. The Judges also noted the breadth of the programme and opportunities available to staff within it.

An Exceptional Contribution Award was made to Fran Silvestri, President and CEO of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, in recognition of highly skilled and creative collaboration, becoming a crucial connector within the mental health community, and making a significant contribution to mental health leadership globally.

Awards Ambassador, Professor Fiona Stanley AC, congratulated Award winners at the ceremony. “In these constantly changing and unpredictable pandemic times, the Awards bring best practice models that help us learn how to improve the mental health system” she said.

The 14 Awards and their recipients are:

Education, Training or Workforce Development Award

e-Mental Health in Practice, for its programme, eMHPrac - providing training and support to health practitioners in using digital mental health

Lived Experience Leadership Award

Lived Experience Australia for its programme, Making a difference with and for consumers and carers

Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Award

The Matilda Centre, University Of Sydney for Climate Schools: Internet-based health and wellbeing programs for secondary school students

Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Award

Arts Centre Melbourne, for The Arts Wellbeing Collective

Psychosocial and Support Category

ACT Recovery College for ACT Recovery College Trial

Therapeutic and Clinical Services Award

Tū Ora Compass Health for Piki: Empowering and supporting rangatahi towards better health and wellbeing

Therapeutic and Clinical Services Award

Orygen Digital for

Moderated Online Social Therapy (MOST): digitally enhancing youth mental health services

General Award

Kapiti Youth Support, for The KYS Approach

Early Career Research Award

Stephen Parker, for his work, “Understanding community-based residential mental health rehabilitation services in Australia”

Early Career Research Award

Katrina Prior, for her work, “‘Inroads’ and ‘Re-Train Your Brain’: Innovative internet-delivered interventions for young people who drink to cope with anxiety”

Sound and Vision
Journalism Award

Sam Ikin with Butterfly Foundation, for Butterfly: Let’s Talk podcast

Text and Online
Journalism Award

Bridget Judd, for her article, “It takes a village”

Exceptional Contribution Award

Fran Silvestri in recognition of a highly skilled and creative collaborator, becoming a crucial connector within the mental health community and bringing significant contribution to leadership within the mental health sector locally, nationally and globally.

Wellbeing in the Workplace Category

Air New Zealand for Air New Zealand Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme

TheMHS Awards/TheMHS Learning Network

The Mental Health Service Awards have been recognising excellence, innovation and best practice in mental health in Australia and New Zealand, for over 30 years.

TheMHS Learning Network is an international learning network for improving mental health services in Australia and New Zealand. TheMHS supports the knowledge access and professional development of people and organisations engaged in mental health treatment, promotion and research. TheMHS is a registered charity run by a volunteer board.