2022 Awards

Nominations are now open for the Australian Mental Health Prize, which seeks to recognise the important and ground-breaking work that many Australians are doing for mental health.
This year, the Prize has expanded to accept nominations in four categories:

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander:

To recognise and celebrate outstanding Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander mental health leadership at a national or community level.

Lived experience: 

To recognise and celebrate outstanding mental health leadership by someone with lived experience of mental health, either personally or as a supporter, at a national level.


To recognise and celebrate outstanding mental health leadership in the clinical, academic or professional sectors at a national level.

Community hero: 

To recognise and celebrate outstanding mental health leadership at a State or community level.

Honouring our mental health heroes

Lucy Brogden AM, Co-chair of the Australian Mental Health Prize Advisory Committee, says she is looking forward to shining a light on those that have shown outstanding leadership.

“There is no doubt that the past few years have been some of the most challenging in recent history. Yet many inspiring Australians have shown true leadership in supporting good mental health and the prevention and treatment of mental illness, in areas such as advocacy, research or community service. We want people across the country to nominate these heroes so that we can acknowledge their important work.” 

Co-chair and past winner of the Prize, Professor Allan Fels AO, encourages people and organisations to nominate those who are making an incredible difference.

“Australia has produced some astoundingly effective mental health initiatives and programs. Recognising this work will help to keep mental health on the national agenda and support good mental health in this country. While a lot has been achieved and is in progress, there is still so much more to be done. I strongly encourage all Australians to nominate someone whom they believe should be recognised for their critical work in mental health.”

Leadership comes in many shapes and sizes

The Australian Mental Health Prize was established in 2016 by UNSW Medicine and Health through its School of Psychiatry, Australia’s pre-eminent psychiatric research department. 

Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO, Head of the School of Psychiatry, says “Leadership comes in many shapes and sizes, which is why we feel it is important to broaden the nominations across four significant categories. They give people more flexibility in how they choose to nominate.” 

“While we will continue to recognise people who have dedicated their lives to improving the mental health of Australians at a national level, we specifically wanted to shine a light on the incredible work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health leaders and people with lived experience, who have so much insight and wisdom to share. We also wanted to recognise our community heroes, as a great deal of innovative work begins as a grassroots level in local communities,” said Professor Brodaty.

How to nominate

To enter, nominators answered three questions about the nominee’s contribution to mental health and how it is making an impact.

You can review the form contents in our FAQ. Nominations are closed and the winners will be announced in late September.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I self-nominate? 
No, you need to find someone to nominate you for the prize.

Q: Can I enter if I have been a finalist in the past?
Yes, past finalists are welcome to submit a new nomination for 2022

Q: Do I need permission from the nominee? 
Yes you will need to confirm with your nominee that they are happy to be nominated for the prize.

Q: What are the nomination questions? 

Please see the questions below.

  1. Please describe the nominee’s contribution to mental health awareness and/or prevention and/or treatment of mental illness:
  2. Summarise in a few sentences the main reasons why you believe your nominee would be a worthy recipient of the Australian Mental Health Prize
  3. Describe in some detail how your nominee has made contributions to the awareness, prevention and/or treatment of mental health in Australia (and, if relevant, internationally). You can address each of these aspects separately. Please give some verifiable examples of their contributions.
  4. Additional information on the impact of their efforts.
    If possible, please provide evidence of the impact of this contribution on the mental health of the community.
  5. Other awards. Please list any other awards the nominee has received in relation to their efforts in this field.
  6. Other comments. Anything else you would like the judges to consider.

Q: Should I provide references?
Referee details are optional although one or two referees or references will strengthen the nomination. You can provide contact details or upload a reference letter.

Q: I have more questions, where do I go?
Please contact us for any queries regarding the nomination requirements. We are at austmhprize@unsw.edu.au.