Betty Kitchener AM
Betty is a member of the Rotary Club of Carlton, in Melbourne, District 9800.
She was the CEO of Mental Health First Aid Australia and she currently is their consultant (https://mhfa.com.au/) and an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University.
Betty is qualified and experienced as an educator, registered nurse, counsellor and basic researcher. In 2000, she co-founded the Mental Health First Aid Program with her husband Professor Tony Jorm, a fellow Rotarian. She has facilitated the spread of the Mental Health First Aid Program across Australia and to 20 other countries. Having experienced recurrent episodes of major depression necessitating hospitalisation, she brings an important consumer perspective to her work. Betty has received numerous awards for her Mental Health First Aid work, including an Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services Award and an Order of Australia Medal.