The National Mental Health Commission congratulates all Human Rights Medal 2016 winners and finalists.
Pat Anderson AO was overall winner and was recognised for her work to advance the rights and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Among the Human Rights Medal finalists was Ingrid Ozols, founder and managing director of Mental Health at Work. Ingrid was a top five contender out of 50 nominees.
Ingrid is a pioneer in improving our understanding of mental health, building resilience in the workplace and suicide prevention.
One of Ingrid’s initiatives is an online e-learning tool, mh@work®, which helps manage mental health in the workplace – so far over 200,000 employees have used it!
The mh@work® interactive program enables you to share experiences of mental illness and recovery and helps to change attitudes and workplace cultures.
Arash Bordbar was the winner of the Young People’s Human Rights Medal. Since arriving in Australia as a refugee, Arash has worked as a volunteer and youth leader to advance refugee rights.
Among the Young People’s Medal finalists was Ella Ingram. Ella has influenced change in business practices that discriminate against people with mental illnesses.