Everymind is pleased to congratulate, Dr Jaelea Skehan, who was awarded today with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List.
Awarded in the General Division of the Order of Australia, Dr Skehan was nominated for the award while serving as Director of Everymind, prior to her current appointment as Special Adviser for the National Suicide Prevention Taskforce.
The news is welcomed with a sense of pride by the Institute as this is not the first time a leader from Everymind has been acknowledged in a national capacity, with former director Professor Trevor Waring receiving the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2004.
This national acknowledgement further highlights the significant and valuable contribution Everymind’s work seeks to provide to every Australian, in every setting, through the delivery of the best-practice programs and translational research.
According to Everymind Acting Director, Associate Professor Carmel Loughland seeing two of the Institute’s leaders acknowledged with the highest recognition of outstanding achievement and service demonstrates why the Institute continues to play a pivotal role in the national prevention of suicide and mental ill-health.
“We have a reputation for delivering world-class programs across diverse sectors, industry and community in order to contribute towards prevention,” Associate Professor Loughland said.
“We lead through innovation, best practice and knowledge translation and are driven by policy, engagement and co-design, so it is incredibly fulfilling to see this acknowledged at a leadership level.
“Myself and the team at Everymind congratulate Dr Skehan in achieving this national honour and would like to highlight that we are proud to continue to deliver the quality of work for which our Institute is renowned.”
Dr Skehan has contributed to the delivery of best practice mental ill-health and suicide prevention for the last 18 years at the Everymind and is currently on leave from her substantive role as Director of the Institute.