Award finalists announced by the Minister for Mental Health, the Honourable Stephen Dawson MLC during WA Mental Health Week 2021.

Every year, the WA Mental Health Awards showcase the tireless dedication and contribution of individuals and teams in our sector, schools, workplaces and the community to help keep people mentally healthy.

Congratulations to all of this year's finalists!

Lived experience Impact and Inspiration Award
Sponsor: Western Australian Mental Health Commission


  • Rahul Seth
  • Julian Pace
  • Josh Langley
  • Adam Przytula

Diversity Award
Sponsor: Lotterywest


  • Connection and Wellbeing Australia
  • headspace Pilbara
  • Dismantle

Mental Health Employee or Volunteer Excellence Award
Sponsor: Act-Belong-Commit


  • Majorie Kalunga
  • Irene Patroni
  • Naomi Carter

Mentally Healthy Workplace Award
Sponsor: Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia


  • FBR Ltd
  • Monadelphous
  • City East Community Mental Health Service
  • Clough

Mentally Healthy Education Award
Sponsor: Commissioner for Children and Young People


  • Mount Barker Community College
  • Narembeen District High School
  • Westfield Park Primary School

Innovation for Change Award
Sponsor: Youth Focus


  • Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia
  • Beacon: Cyber safety app
    Yawardani Jan-ga

Mental Health News Media Award
Sponsor: Western Australian Association for Mental Health 


  • Lee Steele, Channel 10
  • Shireen Narayanan, Inavision Films and Celia Tait, Artemis Media
  • Christine Layton and Molly Schmidt, ABC Perth and Tasha Broomhall, Blooming Minds - Inside Out radio segment on ABC Perth radio

Minister's Award
Sponsor: Minister for Mental Health, the Honourable Stephen Dawson MLC


  • Julian Pace
  • Kristen Orazi
  • Professor Juli Coffin

Prevention or Promotion Award

Category sponsor: Lifeline WA 


  • Erin Erceg
  • Youth Focus
  • HelpingMinds
  • Mentally Healthy WA – Act Belong Commit

Judging Process

A judging panel made up of members of the mental health sector and including individuals with lived experience, will independently assess all nominations and will rank entries in each category.

Nominations had to explain how your nominee meets the criteria of the category of which they are being nominated. 

Thank you for being part of the WA Mental Health Awards!

Read Minister Dawson's media statement on the Awards.