Betty Kitchener AM
Chancellor's Alumni Award Winner

Graduate Diploma in Special Education, 1987, Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling, 1990, Bachelor of Nursing, 1994, Master of Nursing, 1998,

Betty Kitchener is a four-time UC graduate and co-founder of the Mental Health First Aid Program (MHFA). Founded in 2000, MHFA is a training program to teach members of the public and healthcare professionals how to provide initial help to a person developing mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Today, over 1300 instructors are now delivering the MHFA program across Australia, and over 350,000 Australians have received the training. Betty has also spread the program to over 20 countries, reaching one million people worldwide. The program has revolutionised the ways in which mental health problems are responded to and treated within the community.

For her outstanding contributions to mental healthcare Betty has received numerous awards, including an Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services Award, an Order of Australia Medal in 2008, induction into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2011 and in 2014 was listed as one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review. Betty became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015.


Nursing and Midwifery