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December 2016

UNSW Inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize 2016, Finalist
Selected from an impressive field of more than 130 submissions from across the country, Betty Kitchener AM was one of seven finalists for the Inaugural UNSW's Australian Mental Health Prize 2016.





May 2016

UNSW Alumni Award 2016
Each year the University of NSW recognises the outstanding achievement of UNSW graduates in 10 different categories. CEO Betty Kitchener (AM) was the recipient of the UNSW's 2016 UNSW Alumni Award in the Medicine and Health category. More info.





September 2015

Chancellor Alumni Award - 2015 Distinguished University of Canberra (UC) Alumni
Betty Kitchener received the Chancellor Alumni Award in the 2015 Distinguished University of Canberra Alumni Awards, in recognition of her outstanding work founding the MHFA Program. Betty is a four-time UC graduate. More info.







January 2015

Member of the Order of Australia
On Australia Day 2015, Betty Kitchener was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her work developing the MHFA Program. More info.







October 2014

The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence
The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards are dedicated to recognising and celebrating influential women across Australia. Betty Kitchener has been selected as one of 100 Women of Influence for 2014 in the Social Enterprise/Not-For-Profit category. On Wednesday 22 October, a gala event will be held at Sydney’s Town Hall to celebrate these women and the significant impact that each has made within their chosen field. The ten category winners and overall winner for the year will also be announced on the evening. More info.

August 2014

2014 Silver Achievement Award - TheMHS, Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program Category
The Youth MHFA Program received this award in August at the Annual TheMHS Conference held in Perth, Western Australia, in recognition of best practice, excellence and innovation in the development and dissemination of the Youth MHFA Course across Australia. It was presented to Dr Claire Kelly, Manager of Youth Programs at MHFA Australia, by Professor Fiona Stanley (pictured left). TheMHS Conference is the largest mental health and addiction services conference in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. TheMHS aims to promote positive attitudes about mental health and mental illness, and to stimulate debate that challenges the boundaries of knowledge and ideas about mental health care. More info.

November 2013

Australian of the Year Awards 2014, Finalist Victorian Senior of the Year
Betty Kitchener, co-founder and CEO of MHFA Australia, was one of four finalists for the Victorian Senior Australian of the Year 2014 Award.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the Victorian finalists were a group of people whose contributions to society and many achievements were inspiring. Mr Lasek commented:
"This year's Victorian finalists are fine examples of the varied range of outstanding work that Victorians are doing in their local, national and international communities. We are thrilled to be able to recognise and celebrate their outstanding achievements which are all great examples of Australians following their passions to make a positive difference." More info.

March 2011

The Victorian Women's Honour Roll
Betty Kitchener, co-founder and CEO of MHFA Australia was one of  20 new recipients inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll at the National Gallery of Victoria as a part of International Women’s Day activities. The Minister for Women's Affairs, Ms Wooldridge, congratulated the inductees who came from right across Victoria.

“The Victorian Honour Roll of Women is so important as it acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of inspirational women in Victoria and ensures that the legacy of these women is recorded and passed on to future generations,” Ms Wooldridge said.

December 2010

Left: Terry Grant presenting the award to Betty Kitchener.
The Australian Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination Award for 2010
The MHFA Training and Research Program was presented this award at the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR) 2010 Conference in Sydney.

There is often a gap between knowledge gained through research and the dissemination of that knowledge to clinicians, consumers and carers, and its implementation into policy and practice. This award is for outstanding effort to disseminate knowledge about evidence-based interventions in mental health.

September 2010

Left: Donna Stanley, Len Kanowski and Betty Kitchener.
Silver Achievement Award - Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project category at the TheMHS Conference 2010.

The Aboriginal MHFA Program received this Award in recognition of the culturally sensitive adaptation achieved through a process of extensive consultation.

July 2010

Left: Members of the Greater Western Area Health Service team accepting the award. Left - right: Sandra Bailey (CEO, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW); Donna Stanley (Aboriginal Clinical Leader, Orange & Regions); Carmen Parter (Director, Centre for Aboriginal Health, NSW Health); Thomas Brideson (state-wide coordinator, Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program) and Len Kanowski (Area Coordinator, Aboriginal MHDA).

2010 Enterprise and Resourcefulness Award - NSW Aboriginal Health Awards 2010
The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA Program received this prestigious award and was a finalist in two other categories - Minister's Award for Aboriginal Health, and Working Together to Make a Difference. Members of the Greater Western Area Health Service team accepted the award.

September 2009

2009 Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services Award - TheMHS
At the 19th annual TheMHS conference 1 - 4 September this year in Perth, WA,  Betty Kitchener was awarded the Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services Award to “honour the outstanding innovation and dedication to mental health services through the creation of the Mental Health First Aid Training program, and through untiring commitment to the development of the program in Australia and globally”. More info.

March 2008

2008 Excellence in Mental Health Education Award - from the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare, USA

Betty Kitchener and Tony Jorm were presented with this award at the NCCBH Annual Conference in Boston on 2 May 2008. This was the first international award that the Mental Health First Aid Australia program has been awarded.  The National Council of Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not for profit association in the USA representing 1,300 organizations providing treatment and rehabilitation to help people recover from mental illnesses and addiction disorders. The National Council members serve nearly six million adults, children, and families in communities across America.

January 2008

Order of Australia Medal
On Australia Day 2008 Betty Kitchener was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her work developing the MHFA Program. More info.

September 2007

Left: The Hon Brett Mason presented the award to Betty Kitchener and Len Kanowski.
Gold Achievement Award 2007 - The Winner of the Mental Health Promotion Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project category at the TheMHS Conference
The Mental Health Services Conference is an international mental health educational forum, attracting over 1000 mental health clinicians, managers, consumers, carers, researchers, educators and policy makers, annually. The MHFA Training and Research Program received the Award in recognition of an innovative brief training course to teach members of the public how to provide initial help to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis situation. More info.

September 2007

Left: The Hon Brett Mason presented the award to Betty Kitchener and Prof Tony Jorm.
Suicide Prevention Australia National 'LiFe' Award - Healthy Communities Category
The MHFA Training and Research Program received the award and certificate at the ceremony held in Federation Square, Melbourne from the Hon Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing.

September 2006

Left: Dr Claire Kelly & Leanne Northausen 3rd & 4th from left in front row, Prof Tony Jorm front far right holding award.

Public Health Programs Award for Innovation
The MHFA Training and Research Program received this award from VIC Health Minister Bronwyn Pike at Federation Square, Melbourne on 5 September 2006.

September 2005

Suicide Prevention Australia - 2005 Life Award
Mental Health First Aid was a recipient of a Commended Award and recognised as having made valuable contributions to suicide prevention in Australia at the 2005 Life Awards.

December 2004

ASPR Consumer Researcher Award
In December 2004, Betty was awarded the ASPR Consumer Researcher Award at the National Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research in Fremantle, WA. This award is given for research, "that involves a consumer perspective, presented by someone who has received mental health services and is currently employed as a health professional or researcher".

July 2004

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Community Outreach
On 29 July 2004 at the Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony at The Australian National University, Betty Kitchener was the recipient of this award "in recognition of outstanding contribution as ANU staff in volunteering her time, skills and expertise to community outreach". Betty received a plaque that is on display at the Centre for Mental Health Research.

September 2003

Left: Betty with the National Mental Health Services Award.
Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project Award
The MHFA Program was the winner of Category 5 (Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project) at the Awards Ceremony at The National Mental Health Services Conference, Canberra, 3 September 2003. Betty received a certificate and $3000.