Posted 22nd September 2015
Quiet achiever Dr Brendan O’Hanlon, The Bouverie Centre’s mental health program manager, was formally recognised for his hard work and dedication to improving family inclusive practice in mental health services at the 2015 TheMHS Awards. Brendan and two other joint winners were presented with the award for exceptional contribution to mental health service in Australia or New Zealand by the Hon Dr Kay Patterson, National Mental Health Commissioner, at the National Convention Centre, Canberra on Wednesday August 26.
Brendan qualified as a social worker in 1982 and commenced his career in mental health in 1987. Prior to taking up a role at The Bouverie Centre in 1997, where he currently manages the centre’s mental health program and ABI team, Brendan worked in adult mental health settings in Victoria. Over the years Brendan has led a number of initiatives designed to build the capacity of services particularly in the mental health and ABI sectors to work constructively with families; has worked directly with a number of families; contributed to major research projects; and has presented on his work locally, nationally and internationally. Brendan’s name is synonymous with the concepts of Family Sensitive and Family Inclusive Practice and he is a recognised leader in the field in Victoria. On top of this, he recently completed his Ph.D. titled 'Building Family Skills Together - Implementing Family Intervention in an adult mental health team'.
Brendan’s dedication to embedding family inclusive practice in mental health services, deep respect for lived experience and commitment to practice change are a source of inspiration for those who know and work with him. He is much admired by his colleagues for his knowledge, compassion, kindness, and incredible work ethic.
When news of Brendan's win was announced, Director of The Bouverie Centre, Dr Jeff Young commented, “This is a prestigious award, rightfully gained and well earned. It’s a wonderful acknowledgement of Brendan’s work and the work of his colleagues.”
The Bouverie Centre is now taking applications for its 2018 coursework programs - the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy and Master of Clinical Family Therapy (yrs 2 & 3 entry).find out more