News • 04 Jul 2022

Nominate now for the Queensland Mental Health awards!

Nominate now for the Queensland Mental Health awards!

Open Minds have opened nominations for the annual Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards (QMHWAA), with $4,500 available in prize money. The Awards, now in their 26th year, recognise and celebrate the achievements of those working to reduce stigma and empower those living with mental illnesses.

There are 11 Award categories to be entered, and the overarching winner, as chosen by the judges, will receive $4,000 in prize money. 

There is also an additional $500 prize offered to the winner of the Jude Bugeja Peer Experience Award, generously donated by the family of the late Jude Bugeja, whom the award is named after. 

The Awards have been an Annual Flagship event for Queensland Mental Health Week since 1996, acknowledging and celebrating the work of the sector.

Kate Johnson, Chief Operating Officer at Open Minds, said: “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so too does its effect on the mental health of Australians. It is vital to shine a spotlight on the achievements of those in the mental health sector, working diligently to support and encourage people living with mental illnesses. The Queensland Mental Health Achievement Awards is the perfect opportunity to do this.

26 years ago, the Awards were established to honour the memory of Earle Duus. Earle acquired a brain injury and received support from Open Minds as a young man. He went on to be successful financial accountant and philanthropist and made a generous bequest to Open Minds. We are delighted to continue Earle’s legacy through the Awards, with the overarching Earle Duus Award and $4,000 prize money named in his honour.”

Any person, organisation or group that runs programs to create awareness or support people with mental illness (with exception to 2021 QMHWAA winners) can nominate themselves for an Award. 

Becoming a finalist acknowledges innovation, program design and the dedication and commitment to mental health in Queensland. 

Nominations can be submitted easily online and entrants can save progress as they go.  The deadline for submitting an award is Monday 8 August 2022. 

Nomination categories are: Schools Award, Early Years Award, Jeff Cheverton Individual Award, Jude Bugeja – Peer Experience Award, LGBTI Award, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Award, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Award, Not-For-Profit – Small to Medium Enterprise (1-100 staff), Not-For-Profit – Large Enterprise (101+ staff), Workplace Award – Small to Medium Enterprise (1-200 staff), Workplace Award Large Enterprise (201+ staff).

We would like to thank this year’s Achievement Awards sponsors: CheckUP, headspace, Health and Wellbeing Queensland, Richmond Fellowship Queensland (RFQ), the Office of Industrial Relations, Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, Queensland Council for LGBTI Health, Queensland Health, Queensland Mental Health Commission, Rio Tinto, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Queensland, and WorkCover Queensland.


The Achievement Awards take place during Queensland Mental Health Week. This year, the award ceremony will be held on Friday 14 October 2022 from 7:00am – 10:00am at the Greek Club, West End.

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