Kim Ryan is the winner of the inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize 2016.
Kim is the CEO of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN); a passionate advocate for mental health and for the profession of mental health nursing. Kim believes nurses and midwives have the capacity to improve the mental health of the community and, in particular, that health outcomes for people who experience mental health conditions are substantially improved when a mental health nurse is involved. Kim has worked tireless nationally and internationally through nursing and other mental health organisations to advocate for better mental health care for all. Kim was instrumental in establishing the collaborative Mental Health Professionals Association (MHPA) with the RACGP, the APS, the ACMHN and the RANZCP, and chaired the association to undertake a landmark $15 million project focusing on professional collaboration to improve mental health care.
Kim Ryan on Studio 10 – 8th December 2016: https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/studio-10/extra/season-2016/8-dec–australian-mental-health-prize
ABC News Online: Inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize winner to use award to challenge misconceptions: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-08/first-mental-health-prize-winner-to-challenge-misconceptions/8101374
UNSW Newsroom: Kim Ryan wins inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize; http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/health/kim-ryan-wins-inaugural-australian-mental-health-prize