Macleay Island's Curlew Cove Children and Family Place wins Queensland Mental Health Week award

WINNERS: Curlew Cove co-ordinators Kirsty Williams and Amy Fernando.

WINNERS: Curlew Cove co-ordinators Kirsty Williams and Amy Fernando.

MACLEAY Island-based Curlew Cove Children and Family Place has won the early years award category in the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards.

Curlew Cove and Capalaba-based BIG were finalists in the awards run by Open Minds.

Curlew Cove provides free transport, peer-mentoring and parenting support the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, helping parents stay connected and mentally well.

Due to the location and transport logistics of the island community, access to normal mainland intervention services for health and wellbeing is limited.

RECOGNISED: Queensland Health executive director John Allen, Curlew Cove co-ordinator Amy Fernando and Queensland Mental Health commissioner Ivan Frkovic.

RECOGNISED: Queensland Health executive director John Allen, Curlew Cove co-ordinator Amy Fernando and Queensland Mental Health commissioner Ivan Frkovic.

The organisation focuses on children from birth to eight, providing a variety of free services including pop-up clinics for paediatric occupational and speech therapy and children's health nurse.

Curlew Cove co-ordinator Amy Fernando thanked the children and families they worked with for inspiring them to continue the work.

"We are very humbled to be acknowledged for the work we are doing to support families," she said.

The winners were announced at a breakfast in the Brisbane City Hall on Friday morning.

Open Minds chief executive Paula Mayson congratulated the winners and finalists.

REPRESENTATIVES: BIG Red co-ordinator Samuel Walker with Brook Red general manager Eschleigh Balzamo. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

REPRESENTATIVES: BIG Red co-ordinator Samuel Walker with Brook Red general manager Eschleigh Balzamo. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

"This year the entries for the awards were of such high calibre and standing," Ms Mayson said.

"This awards ceremony is a great way to end Queensland Mental Health Week and take time to really stop and focus our attention to some inspirational achievers in the mental health sector.

"It's a great way to acknowledge those working so hard to really make a difference in the lives of those with mental illness."

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