Betty Kitchener was the CEO of MHFA Australia to the end of 2016 and an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University. Betty is qualified and experienced as an educator, counsellor and basic researcher. She has been a registered nurse. Betty and her husband Professor Tony Jorm co-founded the MHFA Program in 2000. She has facilitated the spread of the MHFA Program across Australia and to 20 other countries. Betty, having experienced recurrent major depression herself, brings an important consumer perspective to her work. She has received numerous awards for her MHFA work, including an Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services Award, an Order of Australia Medal in 2008 and became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015.
Link to MHFA Australia: https://mhfa.com.au/
Links to Betty Kitchener videos:
The inspiration for beginning MHFA in Australia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVk5QM6QwtQ
Betty Kitchener on why MHFA was created: https://vimeo.com/168294626
Betty Kitchener on how MHFA was created and number of countries licensed to deliver the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm7LG1eHHLA