- Seven winners of the 2015 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards announced
- Winners include mental health worker for desert Aboriginal communities and Youth Focus CEO
Youth Focus chief executive officer Jenny Allen and remote area mental health worker Paul Escott are among the seven winners recognised today in the 2015 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards.
Ms Allen received the prestigious John Da Silva Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mental Health for her work overseeing the expansion of Youth Focus from an operation with an annual budget of $240,000 to one with a $10 million budget.
Mr Escott, who supports Aboriginal communities on the edge of the Tanami Desert, was named St John of God Health Care Mental Health Employee of the Year. He is an Anglicare WA worker, who provides counselling, sports coaching and community programs that help strengthen Aboriginal communities in Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna.
Mr Escott partners with community elders, corporations and job providers in programs such as Men's Sheds, a community garden and the Balgo Rangers youth club activities based around culture, healthy eating, lifestyle bushcraft, cooking and games. He builds health promotion into his programs which have a high participation rate of people of all ages and help contribute to community cohesion and the enhancement of people's sense of community and belonging.
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton today announced seven winners of the awards which recognise excellence and innovative programs to support mental wellbeing and improve the lives of people with mental illness, as well as their families and carers.
"The 2015 award winners demonstrate the great depth and breadth of skills and experience available to consumers and their families and carers through the Western Australian mental health sector," Ms Morton said.
"I am pleased the awards highlight areas of real improvement and best practice in the delivery of services which are also compassionate and caring."
Other winners include the Shenton Park Hospital in the Home program, which won The University of Western Australia, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences Award for improved outcomes in seniors' mental health; and Anglicare WA street-based youth outreach service Street Connect, which won the Commissioner for Children and Young People Award for improved outcomes in child and youth mental health
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2015 MENTAL HEALTH GOOD OUTCOMES AWARDS - WINNERS
Edith Cowan University Award for consumer and carer involvement and engagement
Kylie is a strong and articulate consumer and carer advocate devoted to reducing stigma and ensuring a better quality of life and wellbeing for people with a mental illness. She is involved in many committees and advisory groups. Kylie has worked tirelessly at advocating for the interests of consumers and carers and educating others about the importance of early intervention and maintaining mental wellness.
University of Western Australia, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences Award for improved outcomes in seniors' mental health
Hospital in the Home program - City Lower West Older Adult Mental Health Service, Shenton Park
This service offers acute mental health care assessment and management for seniors who would otherwise require inpatient care. The program allows for more creative and flexible care of older adults, with the ability to support people in their own homes helping to improve outcomes and avoid or reduce the length of hospital admissions.
Commissioner for Children and Young People Award for improved outcomes in child and youth mental health
Street Connect - Anglicare WA, Inner City Perth
This is a street-based outreach service which helps vulnerable and often homeless young people aged 15-25, many of whom experience severe difficulties associated with mental ill health. A mobile base in the form of a bus provides youth-friendly resources and information; staff work with young people, and other agencies, to address issues in a non-judgemental way.
Curtin University Award for excellence in rural and remote mental health
FIVE - DADAA, Busselton, Geraldton, Paraburdoo, Derby and Esperance
FIVE is a community arts and cultural development project in Busselton, Geraldton, Paraburdoo, Derby and Esperance that helps to address the wellbeing of people with mental illness and reduce mental health stigma.
St John of God Health Care Mental Health Employee of the Year
Paul Escott - Anglicare WA, Balgo
Paul is a social and emotional wellbeing worker living in and servicing the communities of Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna on the edge of the Tanami Desert. As well as providing individual and family counselling, he coaches and organises multiple sporting activities and partners with community elders and others in a range of inclusive, community-building projects.
Equal Opportunity Commission Award for human rights, equity and diversity in mental health
Mental Health Matters 2
MHM2 is a volunteer advocacy group with a special focus on people and families with multiple and complex unmet needs who experience ongoing mental distress and problems with co-occurring drug and alcohol use, some of whom may have become involved in the criminal justice system. It has been involved in successful campaigns affecting Government policy and programs which impact on the most disadvantaged people in the community.
John Da Silva Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mental Health
Jenny Allen - Youth Focus, Burswood
Under Jenny Allen's leadership, since 2000 Youth Focus has grown from a staff of three and an annual turnover of $240,000 to more than 90 employees and an annual turnover of $10 million. As a result, it has been able to deliver its life-saving and life-changing services to more than 14,000 young West Australians.