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Western Australia Minister for Mental Health Graham Jacobs

Celebrating Good Outcomes In Mental Health

Victor P Taffa

Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs today announced the finalists of the 2010 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards.

Dr. Jacobs said the annual awards celebrated the exceptional contribution made by individuals, groups and organisations to improving the lives of people with a mental illness, their families and carers.

“I am pleased to see entries from a cross-section of the community, which clearly shows that Mental Health is everyone’s business.” the Minister said.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who entered for their dedication and commitment to helping others in need.”

“We have an outstanding list of finalists.” Dr. Jacobs said.



The Minister will announce the winners at a breakfast event on October 12, during Mental Health Week. The winner of each category will receive $1,000 in Prize Money.

Ms. Lyn Mahboub received the Hollywood Private Hospital Leanne Wood Award for Excellence last year for her contribution to the development of Mental Health Service and Policy.

“I have a passion for recovery-driven practice, social justice and psychiatric reform that is driven largely by my own experiences of mental distress as well as my professional background.” Ms. Mahboub said.

“I am a trainer and educator in recovery for consumers and Mental Health Workers and, in walking my talk I can demonstrate recovery is possible.”

“I hope these awards will encourage people to continue their excellent work and commitment towards Mental Health in Western Australia.” Ms. Mahboub said.

The finalists for the 2010 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards are detailed below.

2010 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards Finalists

GESB Government Organisations Award

  • Community Options Program:  Graylands Hospital, Mount Claremont;
  • Growing Towards Wellness program:  South West Regional College of TAFE partnering with South West Horticultural Therapy and Training (South-West Region);
  • Seclusion and Restraint Program:  Graylands Hospital, Mount Claremont.

St. John of God Health Care Non-government Organisations Award     

  • Doug Brewer, Hollywood Private Hospital, Nedlands;
  • Lifeline WA (Perth);
  • Mental Health Law Centre (Perth).

WA Equal Opportunity Commission Human Rights Award for Consumers

  • Ingrid Bentsen (Rockingham);
  • Juanita Fishwick (Leda);
  • Lorraine Powell (Guildford).

John Da Silva Carers Award

  • Jamie Kennedy-Fillery (Forrestfield);
  • Jan Harvey (Cooloongup);
  • Mental Health Matters 2 (Mount Helena).

Freehills Mental Health Employee Award

  • Jane Armstrong, Graylands Hospital, Mount Claremont;
  • Dena Lawrence, Hollywood Private Hospital, Nedlands;
  • Julie McCormack, Princess Margaret Hospital, Subiaco.

Edith Cowan University Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention Award

  • Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University, Bentley;
  • The Healthy Mother-Infant Relationship, Department of Health – North Metropolitan Health Services – Mental Health (Mount Claremont);
  • Music to Open Your Mind, Department of Health – South Metropolitan Health Services – Mental Health (East Fremantle).

Curtin University Mental Health Research and Education Award

  • Child Health Promotion Research Centre, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley;
  • The Healthy Mother-Infant Relationship, Department of Health – North Metropolitan Health Services – Mental Health (Mount Claremont);
  • Wellbeing Thermometer, The University of Western Australia and Perth Clinic (Crawley, West Perth).

Maitri Aboriginal and CALD Mental Health Award

  • Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre, Subiaco;
  • ISHAR Multicultural Carers Support and Skills Development Program (East Perth);
  • Fremantle Multicultural Centre Mental Health Access Service (Fremantle).

Sonshine FM Media Achievement Award

  • Marnie McKimmie & Alison Batcheler, ‘Behind the Mask of Motherhood’, The West Australian;
  • Anthony DeCeglie, ‘My post-natal battle’, The Sunday Times;
  • Marnie McKimmie & Alison Batcheler, ‘Protecting Young Minds’, The West Australian.

The University of Western Australia Dr. Mark Rooney Award for Improved Outcomes in Child and Youth Mental Health

  • The Training Program for WA Country Health Service Infant, Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health; Practitioners, Department of Health (Mount Claremont);
  • Grant Wheatley, Department of Education and Training – Hospital School Services (Subiaco);
  • Peel Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Team, Department of Health – Peel and Rockingham/Kwinana Mental Health Services (Mandurah).

Hollywood Private Hospital Leanne Wood Award for Excellence

  • Lorraine Powell (Guildford);
  • Ann White (West Perth).

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