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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The AMA (WA) won a major Federal AMA Award at last weekend’s National Conference, recognising our strong campaign to tackle the issue of mental health, particularly adolescence suicide and self-harm.
The award, presented by AMA National President Dr Michael Gannon in Canberra on Friday night, was the prestigious Best Public Health Campaign for the AMA (WA) submission Starting the Conversation, Tackling Adolescence Suicide.
The judging panel, headed by Public Health Association CEO Michael Moore, said that mental health is one of the top issues in public health at the moment, and that the campaign is highly relevant to the young people at school.
They commended the range and quality of the campaign material, describing it as a carefully constructed and effective program, with evaluation showing that more than 90 per cent of participants had achieved better coping strategies following the sessions.
“This program needs to be spread beyond Western Australia,” the judges led by Mr Moore said.
This award recognises the strong record of Dr YES taking a focused approach on the difficult issue of mental health and the major impact the issue has on WA society, especially on those of high-school age.
The prestigious Award was accepted by AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid who spoke of the impact of Dr YES over more than 20 years and the contribution of AMA (WA) Director of Health Community Services, Noelle Jones along with Medical Director and former
AMA (WA) and Federal AMA President, Dr Rosanna Capolingua.
Congratulations to everyone involved with Dr YES and to all those who assisted in the preparation of the award-winning submission!
The AMA (WA) team had a very successful National Conference, including taking a major part in a number of key debates on urgent policy motions.
The Medicus team is currently preparing a full report on the 2018 National Conference and WA’s involvement for publication in the June edition.