WA Mental Health Awards

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Finalists have been selected for the Western Australian Mental Health Awards after a staggering 150 nominations across eight diverse categories were received as part of the WA Mental Health Conference and Awards.

Judging was determined through an independent process, which relied on selection panels made up of broad representation, including people with lived experience of mental health issues helping judge every category. Judges were appointed to score all nominees based on selection criteria to determine three finalists and a winner across all categories.

The awards aim to recognise and reward the achievements of those who demonstrate initiatives in supporting consumers of mental health services, their families, carers; inspiring others and promoting positive mental health.

The WA Mental Health Award finalists are:

The Mental Health News Media Award
Katie Hampson, Health + Medicine, The West Australian
Amanda Keenan, The West Australian
Peta Rasdien, Health + Medicine, The West Australian

The Impact & Inspiration Award presented by Neami National
Corina McSwan
Royce Hardman
Margaret Doherty

The Wellbeing Award presented by Wanslea Family Services
Mother-Baby Nurture
Hearing Voices Network of WA
MATES in Construction WA

The Diversity Award presented by Lifeline WA
St Patrick’s Community Support Centre
St John of God Social Outreach – Youth Support Outreach Program
Mentally Healthy WA

The Innovation Award presented by WAPHA
OCD? Not Me! Curtin University
Perth Voices Clinic
ConnectGroups Support Groups Association WA (Inc.)

The Mental Health Employee Excellence Award presented HESTA
Amy Wallace, Physical Health Care Acting Clinical Nurse at WA North Metro Health Service
Andrew Miller, Senior Occupational Therapist at Graylands Hospital
Warwick Smith, Director of Youth Mental Health at North Metropolitan Health Service

The Mentally Healthy Workplace Award presented by Recovery College of WA
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Department of Commerce, Western Australia
Department of Fisheries, Western Australia

The Family Centred Care Award presented by Helping Minds
MIFWA Carers Well Ways Program
Rockingham Peel Group – Mental Health Service

Winners will be announced at a cocktail dinner on Thursday, 13 July, on day one of the WA Mental Health Conference at the Perth Concert Hall.

You do not need to attend the conference in order to come to the Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Dinner, however conference attendees can purchase their ticket to the Awards as part of their conference registration. For non-conference attendees, tickets can be purchased here. All finalists will receive two free tickets to the Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Dinner.

WA Mental Health Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Dinner

5.30pm – 6.15pm:    Pre-ceremony canapes and drinks in the Wardle Room on the ground floor of the Concert Hall,
                                         including MC introduction and Welcome to Country.

6.15pm – 7.30pm:    Awards Ceremony in the Concert Hall Auditorium.

7.30pm – 9.30pm:    Awards cocktail dinner resumes in the Wardle Room.

Drinks service: Soft drinks are included in your ticket price but please note that funding for the Conference precludes inclusion of alcoholic drinks in the dinner package.  Alcoholic drinks can be purchased at the bar.

Dress code: The dress code is business attire or smart casual so there is no need to change after the conference.  However, feel free to make a splash in something more glamorous if you want to!

Awards MC announced

We're pleased to announce that Perth’s own Narelda Jacobs, presenter of TEN Eyewitness News First At Five Perth, will MC the WA Mental Health Awards.

Narelda Jacobs

In 2000 Narelda joined Network Ten in Perth as a news reporter and in 2007 became Australia’s first Indigenous female news anchor for a commercial network.

A patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association WA, Narelda is also an Ambassador for the David Wirrpanda Foundation, Breast Cancer Care WA, and the Disability Services Commission. In 2011 she was one of 13 Western Australian women who trekked Kokoda to raise money for Breast Cancer Care WA.

Narelda loves her home town of Perth, with the world's warmest people and best lifestyle. Her on-air profile has given Narelda the opportunity to motivate young people to accept their social responsibilities.

We are proud to have Narelda as MC for our Awards Ceremony.