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Local Mental Health Director named one of Australia's most influential women

Hunter Institute of Mental Health Director Jaelea Skehan has been announced as a winner in the 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014.
Jaelea has been recognised in both the local and regional category for her contribution to mental health and suicide prevention locally and nationally.
Over her 14 years at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, Jaelea has been instrumental in the development of local, state and national programs that are aimed at reducing mental illness and suicide and has received recognition both nationally and internationally for her work. A proud Novocastrian, Jaelea was particularly thrilled to be recognised in the local and regional category of the awards.
“The Hunter Institute of Mental Health is in a unique position because we get to lead state-wide and national programs from our home here in Newcastle, while also working with our local community.”