The College congratulates the winners and finalists of the 2016 Human Rights Awards, which consists of eight awards. In particular, the Human Rights Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Australia. Several finalists were recognised in specific areas of mental health.
Pat Anderson AO is the 2016 winner of the Human Rights Medal in recognition of her work in advancing the rights and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples particularly in regards to education, health, early childhood development, and prevention of violence against women and children.
Among the finalists was Ingrid Ozols, who currently holds RANZCP positions as Consumer Chair of the Enabling Supported Decision-Making Committee and community member on the Community Collaboration Committee. Ingrid is also the founder and managing director of Mental Health at Work. She was one of five finalists from 50 nominees, and her important work in improving our understanding of mental health and building resilience in the workplace was acknowledged.
Among the Young People’s Medal finalists was Ella Ingram who has influenced change in business practices that discriminate against people with mental illnesses.
Visit Human Rights Award 2016 for further details on the award, winners and finalists.