Black Dog Institute members awarded Australia Day accolades
Published: 6 February, 2018
Professor Maree Teesson and Wilson Giles, Black Dog Institute community members, recognised for their work in mental health.
The Black Dog Institute is thrilled to congratulate Professor Maree Teesson and Wilson Giles, two members of the Black Dog Institute community who were recognised on Australia Day for their unique contributions to mental health.
Professor Maree Teesson is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and external fellow of the Black Dog Institute, and Wilson Giles is one of Black Dog’s lived experience presenters.
Professor Teesson was recognised on the Australia Day 2018 Honours List for eminent service in several areas, including to medicine (notably to the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders), innovative mental health policy development, and education.
She is renowned in Australia and overseas for her research on the co-occurrence of drug and alcohol disorders and mental disorders, and her research interests include new treatments for people who experience depression, post-traumatic stress disorders and anxiety disorders in combination.
Parramatta Council named Mr Giles their Young Citizen of the Year thanks to his volunteer services with a range of organisations. His volunteer work includes welcoming visitors to the Parramatta region during key events, and sharing his personal stories as a lived experience presenter at the Black Dog Institute, where he talks to young people about living with bipolar disorder and depression.
The work of presenters like Mr Giles reduces stigma and encourages young people to seek help when they’re finding it tough to take care of their mental health.
Drug and Alcohol Research Connections, http://connections.edu.au/news/aod-researcher-among-finalists-national-science-prize
UNSW Newsroom, https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/general/academy-honours-eight-unsw-researchers