The RANZCP congratulates NSW Fellow, Professor Ian Hickie AM who has been jointly awarded the 2021 Australian Mental Health Prize alongside mental health advocate, writer and podcaster Ms Honor Eastly.
Established in 2016, the Australian Mental Health Prize recognises Australians who have made significant contributions to the promotion, prevention or treatment of mental illness.
Professor Hickie is Co-Director, Health and Policy at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre. He is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry, with particular reference to medical aspects of common mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder. Professor Hickie was an inaugural Commissioner on Australia’s National Mental Health Commission, and has been at the forefront of the move to have mental health and suicide prevention integrated with other aspects of health care (notably chronic disease and ambulatory care management).
Honor Eastly is an Australian artist, writer, podcaster and mental health advocate for a strong consumer voice. Her podcast No Feeling is Final has been downloaded over 500,000 times and she co-founded the Big Feels Club, an online community with more than 6000 members changing the way Australians talk about emotional distress and crisis. She was a Senior Advisor to the Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System and part of their Expert Advisory Committee.
The RANZCP congratulates Professor Hickie and Ms Eastly for this prestigious honour, awarded in recognition of their work and dedication to the field of mental health.
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