The Herald: Hunter women named in Australian Financial Review and Westpac Women of Influence Awards top 100

October 2014


Hunter Institute of Mental Health director  Jaelea Skehan is a finalist in the local and regional category, and co-founder of Bus Stop Films, Genevieve Clay-Smith, is a finalist in the young leaders category of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Ms Skehan works tirelessly to promote mental health and well-being and has developed programs to help reduce mental illness and suicide.

‘‘Locally and nationally we must have a vision that includes less people developing mental illness and less people experiencing the psychological pain that may lead them to consider taking their own lives,’’ she said.

Ms Clay-Smith is a  writer and director and uses her role through Bus Stop Films, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to giving people with a disability the chance to act and be involved in professional filmmaking. 

She is also the co-founder of Taste Creative, which provides students with work experience and employment opportunities on film sets.