The NSW Mental Health Commissioner was pleased to present Dr Jonathan Ho with the 2019 Commissioner's Community Champion Award on 27 September 2019 at the Mental Health Matters Awards ceremony hosted by WayAhead in Sydney.
Dr Jonathan Ho is a practicing GP in Wagga Wagga with a special interest in mental health. He is currently working in youth mental health (headspace, Wagga Wagga); adult mental health (LikeMind, Wagga Wagga) and Aboriginal health (Riverina Medical & Dental Aboriginal Cooperation).
NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey nominated Dr Ho for the annual Community Champion Award after meeting him during a recent visit to Wagga Wagga.
“Dr Ho’s in trauma informed mental health has been very positive for many people who have experienced his care,” Ms Lourey said.
“I was particularly impressed by Dr Ho’s dedication to trauma-informed care and ensuring that he provides a safe space for his patients particularly those in the LGBTIQ+ community. He always wears the rainbow and transgender flags on his lapel as a sign of respect.
“Dr Ho also has very strong connections to the Aboriginal community and has formed strong bonds with the local men, women and children.”
Deputy Commissioner and Wagga Wagga local, Jenna Roberts said Dr Ho’s contribution to the Wagga Wagga community was significant.
“It’s difficult to articulate exactly how significant the impact Jonathan has had on the community. Despite being very busy, he is always present and ensures that he embodies the values that he openly speaks about,” Ms Roberts said.
“One of the most powerful yet subtle things about Jonathan is that he always thanks people for sharing a part of their life with him at the end of a consultation. This is one of the many ways Jonathan undertakes trauma-informed care.”
The annual NSW Mental Health Commissioner’s Community Champion Award is given to an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to mental health and wellbeing in their community.
View a video on Dr Jonathon Ho's trauma-informed work on the Commission YouTube channel.