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Australian Mental Health Prize

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Much needs to be done to address the crisis of mental health in this country. With almost half of all Australians affected by mental illness during their lives, the ripple effect is felt by loved ones, families and the broader community. 

The symptoms of mental illness are not always visible and many people suffer in isolation. Thankfully, there are thousands of worthy Australians striving to make a difference in this field, from advocacy, education and awareness through to prevention, treatment and searching for much needed cures.

The Australian Mental Health Prize acknowledges those who are doing innovative work in this area. Acknowledging those who work or volunteer in the industry is an important part of the process to destigmatise mental illness.

The Prize was established in 2016 by UNSW Sydney through its School of Psychiatry, Australia’s pre-eminent psychiatric research department. It recognises Australians who have made outstanding contributions to either the promotion of mental health, or the prevention or treatment of mental illness.

Nominations are now open and we are eager for nominees from across the country. Please consider those in your local community who deserve to be recognised.

More information and nomination forms can be obtained from

Entries close on 30 August 2019.

For those who are living with the burden of mental illness every day, thank you for your support. 

Ita Buttrose AO OBE

Chair – Australian Mental Health Prize Advisory Group

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