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Curtin lecturer recognised for commitment to mental health

Posted: 7 October 2014

A lecturer from Curtin University has been awarded the McCusker Charitable Foundation Award for Excellence as part of the 2014 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards.

Dr Robyn Martin, from Curtin’s School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, was presented the award by the Mental Health Commissioner, Tim Marney.

Associate Professor Angus Buchanan, Curtin’s Head of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, said Dr Martin’s contribution to the field of mental health spans over 20 years, working in and across mental health, domestic and family violence, homelessness, child protection and women’s services.

“We are delighted that Robyn has been recognised for her sustained and outstanding contribution to mental health,” Associate Professor Buchanan said.

“She is an exceptional advocate and leader who is committed to sharing information about mental health recovery. Robyn infuses lived experience into her teaching and works hard to inspire her students and fellow staff.

“Robyn focuses on mental health recovery in the undergraduate mental health unit she coordinates, with a particular focus on consumer and family participation and policy activism.

“Her teaching practices emphasise to students the importance of inclusive approaches to treatment, building meaningful partnerships and collaborative practices,” Associate Professor Buchanan said.

Dr Martin was the first mental health consumer academic employed at Curtin. In this role she strengthens and promotes consumer perspectives in tertiary mental health education and research to increase graduate skills and abilities to work in recovery-orientated, person-centred ways.

She is also the principal investigator on a $262,000 Commonwealth Government Partners in Recovery initiative, which is ensuring consumers and their families have their needs addressed in areas such as housing, homelessness, employment, education, physical health and substance use.

The 2014 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards acknowledge the high standard and ongoing commitment demonstrated by those involved in innovative and effective programs, services and partnerships which address key mental health issues at a local, regional or statewide level in Western Australia.