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Jul 5, 2014

Entries sought for essay competition focusing on mental health



Entries are invited for the 2nd annual Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition.

The topic is: The social and cultural determinants of mental health: collective responsibilities; individualism; austerity; entitlements.

The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition is a joint project of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Croakey, and Inside Story, an online current affairs publication from the Swinburne Institute for Social Research.

The winner receives a prize of $5,000 donated by the Sydney School of Public Health, and publication at Inside Story. The University of Sydney may also publish the essay as part of a series of mini e-books arising from the competition.

As well as honouring the work and writings of Professor Mooney, the competition seeks to draw public attention to social justice and health equity concerns, and to recognise the public interest value of writing and writers.

Entries close on October 1, and the winner will be announced by the end of November 2014.


• An essay of not more than 5,000 words exploring the topic, at a local, national or international level.

• Entry is open to anyone, anywhere.

• This is not intended to be an academic publication. Please write for a general audience (although you are welcome to provide references).

• Entries must not have been previously published. The winning entry will be published at the online publication, Inside Story.

• Entries should be mailed to

Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition
Executive Assistant, Room 319
Sydney School of Public Health
Edward Ford Building A27
University of Sydney NSW 2006

• Electronic entries will not be accepted.



Entries will be de-identified and will be collated by a staffer at the Sydney School of Public Health who is not involved in the judging.

Each entry should be accompanied by a 2-page cover sheet as outlined below. The author’s details should be mentioned only on the first page of the cover sheet – and not elsewhere on the entry.

Judging criteria include:

  • The work is disruptive i.e. challenging or prompting change in status quo.
  • The work incorporates novel ideas or approaches or thinking or style.
  • The work is telling stories that matter.
  • The quality of the writing.

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