Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards

Open Minds are proud to be the host for the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards

What are the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards?

The Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations working tirelessly to reduce stigma and support and empower those living with mental illness. There are 11 award categories, and winners receive an engraved trophy and framed certificate. The overall winner receives the Earle Duus overarching award, which includes a $4,000 prize to continue their great work in the mental health sector.

We took the unprecedented decision to postpone the 2020 Awards due to the affect COVID-19 had on our industry. Watch this space for the 2021 award nominations to open soon!

When are the Awards presented?


The awards are presented at a ceremony at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Friday 15th October 2021 - during Queensland Mental Health Week and close to World Mental Health Day. Tickets to the ceremony will be on sale from September 2021. View the gallery of photos from the 2019 Awards ceremony here.


The Achievement Awards present an opportunity to align and promote your business with one of the flagship events during QLD Mental Health Week.  With over 200 guests from the health and community sectors, it is an ideal opportunity to advertise your business in a cost effective and prestigious way. Contact us to find out about sponsorship for the 2021 Awards.

Our Award Categories

Can I nominate?

Anyone who works to improve mental health can nominate for an award. Just being an award finalist gives individuals and organisations fantastic PR and media coverage. We usually receive nominations from:

  • People nominating themselves or colleagues
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Workplaces
  • Groups

The best way to submit a nomination is to nominate yourself, because no-one knows your work and achievements better than you! Subscribe to our newsletter to be kept in the loop for when the 2021 awards open for submissions.

Read about the impressive achievements of our 2019 winners and finalists.

Sponsor an Award category

Get your brand in front of over 200 mental health community and sector leaders from across Queensland.

Join a celebratation of outstanding achievement in mental health. Other benefits of sponsorship include:

  • Exclusive rights to one Award category
  • 2 x complimentary tickets to the Awards Breakfast Ceremony in October 2021
  • Display your organsation's banners during the event
  • Have a representative from your organisation on stage to present an award
  • Your logo to appear on printed and online materials, and on screen during the event
  • Put your Corporate Social Responsibility to a worthwhile cause and support a prestigious, credible event.




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Meet our 2018 Award Winners


Justin Chapman was a proud winner of the 2018 Individual Award category. He also accepted an award for PCYC's Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds program which won the Not For Profit Large Award category.

Viv Kissane and Rani Farmer of Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness were proud winners of both the Jude Bugeja Peer Experience Award, and the Not For Profit SME Award categories, for the exceptional work PeachTree does with new parents and their babies.

Congratulations winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 awards! Read about their incredible achievements here.

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