Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Takes out Award

By Petrina Smith
Tuesday, 29 October, 2013

Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) has taken out the Queensland division of the?2013 Resilient Australia Awards for its Resilient Places project.
QAMH CEO Richard Nelson said the Resilient Places project supported organisations through Queensland to help people rebuild their communities and come together with events and activities.
"A core business activity of QAMH has long been the mobilisation of the resources of the community mental health sector to support individual mental health service delivery, but this was the first time we took a lead operational role in a post-disaster setting.? "This was the first time in modern history Australia experienced such a wide-scale disaster," Mr Nelson said.
"The sheer size of recovery operations makes the Resilient Places Project, a community development approach to supporting mental health as a measure of resilience, the first of its kind in this country.
"The calibre of finalists was impressive and the fact QAMH won highlights the success of this project and the benefits it has had on communities."
The Resilient Australia Awards are an initiative of the Australian Government to recognise innovation in support and preparation when managing an emergency situation.
The awards are judged annually across six categories on both a state and national level to reward the achievements of projects that build safer communities. The national winners will be announced in Canberra on 5 December 2013.

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