Including the prestigious TheMHS Medal

People from all parts of mental health services have been recognised for their vital contributions to mental health across Australia and New Zealand, in the TheMHS Mental Health Service Awards.

Seventeen awards across thirteen categories have been presented to individuals and organisations across the mental health sector, including clinicians, educators, researchers and service managers at this week’s Mental Health Services Conference in Sydney.

At a special Awards Ceremony, hosted by TheMHS Learning Network and attended by over 900 mental health professionals, winners were presented with their awards, which are sponsored by the Department of Health and Aged Care. Australian science journalist and broadcaster Natasha Mitchell, presided over the ceremony.

The Awards acknowledge and promote: best-practice in the delivery of mental health services; innovation, consumer-focus and lived-experience leadership; excellence in mental health research; as well as media and journalism that helps to decrease the stigma which can still be associated with mental distress.

The 2022 Awards include the awarding of a prestigious TheMHS Medal to Tū Whakaruruhau, The Auckland Wellbeing Collaborative, in New Zealand (the last TheMHS Medal awarded was in 2019).

Judges determined that Tū Whakaruruhau, The Auckland Wellbeing Collaborative, (thirty-five collaborating organisations) had successfully guided the implementation of a new model of primary mental health care in New Zealand.

The judges commented: ‘This is a great example of a systems change that was piloted and then scaled up in the primary care setting, to address mental distress. The easy access to early intervention has made a significant change to the service system and to the mental health outcomes of large numbers of people. The strong lived experience and Māori involvement in the design, implementation, ongoing monitoring and evaluation, is a key strength’.

The ‘Wellbeing in the Workplace’ Award which recognises strategy, intervention and systems that support organisational and workplace wellbeing was won by Coca Cola EuroPacific Partners for their Healthy@CCEP program. This Award has never been more relevant in an environment of increasing workplace pressures.

The Hon Emma McBride MP, Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional Health, conveyed a message of congratulations to the winners at the Awards Ceremony.

The 17 Awards and their recipients are:

Education, Training or Workforce Development Award

Blueprint For Learning

Blueprint for Learning – Mental health and addiction literacy workshops


General Award




Tandem – the trusted voice of family carers and supporters in mental health in Victoria


Lived Experience Leadership Award


Independent Community Living Australia

e-Friend: National Online Peer Support Network


Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Award


The Oranges Toolkit

Resilience and agility at work – The Oranges Toolkit workplace wellbeing programs


Psychosocial and Support Category Award


Walsh Trust

He Kākano Ora – Perinatal Mental Health Respite and community-based support services


Therapeutic and Clinical Services Award


Keeping the Body In Mind(gardens)

Keeping the Body In Mind:

Lifestyle support for people experiencing

severe mental illness



Early Career Research Award



Jin Han – Black Dog Institute/university Of New South Wales

Innovative digital approach to support young people at risk of suicide


Early Career Research Award




Stephanie Kershaw – Matilda Centre For Research In Mental Health And Substance Use, University Of Sydney

Challenging stigma and improving health outcomes through best practice in digital translation

The Tom Trauer Evaluation  and Research  Award


Mario Alvarez-Jimenez – Orygen, The University Of Melbourne

Harnessing Digital Technology to Transform Youth Mental Health Services


The Tom Trauer Evaluation  and Research  Award



Luis Salvador-Carulla – University Of Canberra

The GLOCAL Project (Global and Local Observation and mapping of Care Levels) in Mental Health

Wellbeing in the Workplace Award


Spire Workplace Health – Submitting for  Coca Cola Europacific Partners



Text and Online Journalism Award


Archer Magazine

Archer Magazine – the DISABILITIES issue


Sound/Vision Journalism Award


Lune Media Australia

Osher Günsberg: A Matter of Life and Death


Special Journalism Award


Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Anxiety Project – Broadcast


Exceptional Contribution Award


Professor  Jeff Young
Exceptional Contribution Award Professor Nick Titov



Tū Whakaruruhau

The Auckland Wellbeing Collaborative

TheMHS Awards/TheMHS Learning Network

The Mental Health Service Awards have been recognising excellence, innovation and best practice in mental health in Australia and New Zealand, for over 30 years. 

TheMHS Learning Network is an international learning network for improving mental health services in Australia and New Zealand.  TheMHS supports the knowledge access and professional development of people and organisations engaged in mental health treatment, promotion and research. TheMHS is a registered charity run by a volunteer board.

For further information

TheMHS office on: or

T. +61 2 9810 8700 (Australia)

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