Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE
After graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Professor Beazley built an internationally renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage, much of her investigations undertaken as Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia.
As Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 to 2013, Professor Beazley advised the Western Australian Government on science, innovation and technology as well as fulfilling the role of science ambassador locally, nationally and internationally.
In 2009, Professor Beazley was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
More recently, Professor Beazley was inducted into the inaugural Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame and was elected as a Fellow of the College of Educators.
In 2012, Professor Beazley became the second recipient of the Governor’s Award for Giving, in recognition of her enthusiastic philanthropy through her outreach activities promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the Western Australian community.
In 2013, Professor Beazley was honoured to be inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame and to become a Companion of the Institute of Engineers.
In 2015 Lyn was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Award.
“As a sufferer of mental illness I didn’t know where to turn for help. This program will assist our youth to seek help before they reach crisis. STEP is an amazing concept that will make a difference to the community. This is awesome.”
Heath Black is a retired AFL footballer who struggled with mental illness throughout his 12-year professional career. Originally from Victoria, he started as a 17-year old in 1997 with the Fremantle Dockers, moving to St Kilda for a stint and finishing his career at the Dockers in late 2008.
Heath was well known in football circles and perceived by the public as a bit of a bruiser and larrikin. Towards the end of his football career he had a series of public misdemeanours which marred the solid reputation he had built over his career. Spiralling out of control, Heath realised the full extent of his mental issues in 2009 following the failure of his marriage, lost job opportunities, several arrests and a growing dependence on alcohol. He was finally diagnosed with Bipolar II and ADHD type 6.
Heath has spent the last 18 months getting his life back on track, but rather than sit back he has decided to use his profile and experience to try and help others who may suffer from Bipolar, ADHD or other related mental conditions such as depression, anxiety, isolation and alcoholism. These conditions are more common than most people would expect and often kept behind closed doors; which is one of the reasons Heath has decided to tell his story.
Heath, now a sought after speaker travels Australia telling his story to men, women and school students. He is also an Ambassador for Headspace.
Ms Paddi Creevey OAM
Patricia Creevey, affectionately known as ‘Paddi’, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2012 for her dedication and tireless commitment to local government and the Mandurah community.
In 1994 Paddi was elected as a Mandurah City Councillor and in 2005 was elected by the people of Mandurah as the city’s Mayor, serving in the Mayoral role until her retirement from local government in 2013.
Paddi, who holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Social Work degree, has more than 30 years’ experience in the social work arena and continues to use her exper- tise to support a range of community groups in the Peel region.
Paddi also spent 20 years as a social worker at the Mandurah Community Health Centre and 10 years supervising social work at Royal Perth Hospital’s psychiatric unit. She also set up a social work service at Bunbury Regional Hospital and has worked with troubled youth.
Passionate about her local community, Paddi has been instrumental in the devel- opment of a wide range of community organisations and services. She believes strongly in partnerships to benefit the community.