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Congratulations to Human Rights Awardees

Congratulations to Human Rights Awardees

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.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.