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Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards 2017


Open Minds is incredibly proud to again organise and host the 2017 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Achievement Awards is a major event on the Queensland Mental Health Week annual calendar. The Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations working tirelessly to reduce stigma and support and empower those living with mental illness.

Nominations in our eight Achievement Awards categories are now open. Nominate now by downloading our the PDF form below, complete and return to 

QMHW Nominations Pack 2017 QMHW Nominations Pack 2017 (4209 KB)

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Our finalists in each category will be announced at the end of September, and our winners will be recognised at the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards Breakfast and Presentation Ceremony held in the Ithaca Auditorium at Brisbane City Hall on Friday, 13 October 2017. Tickets go on sale in August, all enquiries:

The Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups, organisations and businesses who are devoted to improving the understanding and awareness of mental health and wellbeing right across Queensland.

Awards Nominations are now open in our eight Awards categories:

• Individual Award
• Media Award
• Youth Award (under 25)
• Jude Bugeja - Peer Experience Award
• Workplace Award - SME (1-200 staff)
• Workplace Award - Large businesses (201+ staff)
• Not-For-Profit Award - SME (1-100 staff)
• Not-For-Profit Award - Medium to large (101+ staff) 

Achievement Awards Sponsorship Opportunities

Would your organisation like to sponsor a Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards category?

Sponsorship opportunities are now available in all eight categories. Please note, category sponsorship is very popular, so please contact us with your request as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Want to align yourself with a leading organisation recognising mental health heroes in Queensland? Download our PDF sponsorship pack below.

QMHW Sponsorship Pack 2017 QMHW Sponsorship Pack 2017 (4132 KB)

2016 Achievement Award winners

Each year the Achievement Awards continue to grow in both impact and success – spreading the word to value mental health and showing support and recognition to the mental health sector.

Individual Award Winner: Ms Annette Coutts. For her work as a consumer advocate at The Park - Centre for Mental Health, Treatment, Research and Education. Annette draws from her own lived experience to provide empathetic support and effective advocacy for consumers and carers.

Media Award Winner: ‘Heads Up’ TV Special, ABC QLD. ‘Heads Up’ TV Special was a collaborative news event discussed across multiple media, including TV, radio and digital. The TV Special explored youth mental health and wellbeing issues, focusing on two questions: What’s happening to our kids? What are we doing about it?

Youth Award (under 25 years) Winner: Ms Teneille Arundale. For her work with Harmony Place, a community-based organisation providing mental health and wellbeing services for people and communities from diverse cultural and language backgrounds. Teneille is passionate about humanitarian efforts, community development and improving the lives of others.

Jude Bugeja – Peer Experience Award Winner: Mr William Smith-Stubbs. For his work on various campaigns promoting mental health awareness and help-seeking behaviour. William is Co-Founder of Spur Projects, producing a wide range of innovative mental health projects giving men resources, skills and language they need to take positive action around their mental health. William draws from his own lived experience to help others.

Not-For-Profit Award (small to medium, 1-100 staff) and Earle Duus Memorial Award (overall winner) Winner: The Pharmacy Guild of Australia - Queensland Branch. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia - Queensland Branch worked closely with four Primary Healthcare Networks (PHNs) to supply appropriate education and training to staff at 100 pharmacies via the Partners in Recovery Pharmacy Integration Programs. The aims of the programs were to improve collaborative care between pharmacies, pharmacy staff and mental health support providers; and improve the knowledge, skills and attitude of pharmacy staff to better support people with a mental illness.

Not-For-Profit Award (large, 100 plus staff) Winner: Aftercare and Arafmi Inc. Since 2014, Aftercare and Arafmi Inc. have partnered to deliver support services to family, friends and carers of people experiencing mental illness. Together, they provide carers with a range of information, skill building events, connection with other carers and connection to other relevant community support services.

Workplace Award (small, 1-200 staff) Winner: Labrador State School. Labrador State School aim to promote mental health and wellbeing and reduce stigma associated with mental illness by delivering a week-long series of events and activities during Queensland Mental Health Week specifically developed to educate their pupils, educators and the school community about mental health issues.

Workplace Award (large, 201 plus staff) Winner: McCullough Robertson Lawyers. McCullough Robertson Lawyers provide a range of mental health and wellbeing initiatives to support their 400+ staff across Queensland and New South Wales. They aim to provide an inclusive work environment that is safe and supportive. 


Interested in sponsoring a category in the 2017 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards? Contact to request a Sponsorship Prospectus.
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