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Congratulations to Queensland's Mental Health Heroes!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017 

Winners of the 2017 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards

Open Minds is delighted to congratulate our nine Queensland Mental health Week Achievement Awards winners, announced this morning at the Awards Breakfast and Presentation Ceremony at Brisbane City Hall.

Individual Award – winner
Marj Bloor for her contribution to the mental health sector as CEO of ARAFMI Queensland, which Marj led for close to two decades. Marj was instrumental in transforming the organisation and the lives of many staff, families, carers and people with lived experience of mental health.

Jude Bujega Peer Experience Award - winner
Leilani Darwin has devoted her professional life to assisting other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to have access to mental health supports that she credits with assisting her to build her resilience and live a meaningful and productive life. Her passion and commitment to best practice, culturally safe and effective mental health services inspire the people around her.

Media Award - winner
“When the Baby Blues Turn Black”, QWeekend, The Courier-Mail is an in-depth feature article combining personal experiences with post-natal depression, the expertise of medical professionals and mental health advocates, resulting in an engaging in-depth feature contributing to the breakdown of stigma surrounding mental illness.

Not-for-Profit Award SME (1 to 100 staff) - winner
Access Arts is a leader in supporting vulnerable Queenslanders through art: people experiencing mental health problems, mental illness, learning difficulty, physical disability (often translating into depression and other mental health issues as a result of societal barriers); deaf people (prone to above average depression due to extreme isolation), fragile First Australians, and more recently frail elderly seniors, many with dementia.

Not-for-Profit Award (Medium to Large 101+ staff) - winner
Cooinda Mental Health Service combines best-practice treatment programs and community outreach, continually striving to expand and develop new programs and community initiatives in-line with the needs of the community it serves. Their mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and their families.

Workplace Award SME (1 to 200 staff) - winner
Bremer State High School aims to support the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff by providing initiatives to enhance wellbeing throughout the year. The school’s Mental Health Action Team collaborates with external professionals to develop practices and programs to improve student’s mental health and change the way in which mental health is viewed.

Workplace Award Large (201+ staff) - winner
Queensland Ambulance Service for their ‘Priority One’ Program to promote the physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing of more than 4,500 ambulance personnel and their families. The Priority One program seeks to encourage and enhance the individual’s personal resources and introduce appropriate resilience mechanisms to deal with every day demands and challenges confronted in their daily lives to support mental health and wellbeing. 

Youth Award (25 years and under) - winner
Nicole Gibson is a fierce ambassador for mental health, innovation and connection after recovering from her own terrifying lived experience with anorexia nervosa through her teenage years. Nicole works to normalise the conversation surrounding mental health, to break down the walls around stigma and shame associated with reaching out for health. In Nicole’s young career so far, she has facilitated workshops and presentations with over 250,000 Australians.

Earle Duus Memorial Award (presented to our overall winner from our eight category winners)

Queensland Ambulance Service

For the first time, nominations for next year’s 2018 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards open today. The new, extended nomination period will provide Queensland’s mental health sector and inspirational heroes with the opportunity to think creatively about their upcoming programs or initiatives planned for delivery over the next 12 months, and plenty of time to get those nominations in!

Our thanks again to our sponsors: Queensland Mental Health Commission, and category sponsors: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP); Queensland Alliance for Mental Health and Queensland Health.

Achievement Awards host, Open Minds, delivers mental health, disability and employment supports and is a registered NDIS provider. We work to enhance mental health and wellbeing by delivering a range of tailored options focused on our clients’ individual needs.

For more information on the Achievement Awards or to coordinate an interview with our winners, please contact:

Julie Martin
Open Minds Marketing and Communications Advisor 
0407 616 984