A mental health carer and advocate for more than 30 years, with mental illness within his family, retired lawyer Mr Fowke was also awarded the SonShine FM Award for family and carers involvement and engagement.
The gongs, awarded by Mental Health Minister Helen Morton, are part of the Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards for Mental Health Week (Oct 7-14).
Speaking from Canberra where he is attending a meeting of non-government organisations looking at ways of co-ordinating ways of flexibility and co-ordination in mental health, Mr Fowke said: “I am humbled by being given these awards. I don’t accept them for myself but on behalf of carers and consumers who I hope will go from strength to strength”.
Winners receive $1,000, a framed certificate and a commissioned piece of art with a commemorative plaque in WA.
Mr Fowke, made a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2003, for his service to mental health and holds many official government and non-government positions.
President of WA’s mental health carer group Arafmi WA as well as the national body, Mr Fowke is immediate past-president - and was first carer and first Australian - of the World Federation of Mental Health.