Issue 3
Tuesday, 07 May 2019
Charles Darwin University
Ben Christie with his NT Young Achievers trophy
Ben Christie with his NT Young Achievers trophy

Menzies staffer takes NT’s top youth award

Darwin-born Ben Christie has long been passionate about improving the health and well-being of Territorians, and has been acknowledged for his efforts.

Now aged 28, he has worked with charities, organisations and initiatives aimed at helping people with a range of mental health issues, particularly in younger children.

Currently, Mr Christie is working at Menzies School of Health Research as a project coordinator focussing on Indigenous health, alcohol and drugs, and health literacy.

Mr Christie said he was honoured to win a prestigious NT award.

“I believe young people are the most important thing to our future, and we should all work hard to transform the perceptions of this community that supports them, mentors them and guides them to a positive future,” he said.

Mr Christie was awarded the ultimate accolade at the 2019 NT Young Achiever Awards.

He triumphed over 250 other nominations to take this year’s top prize – the “McDonalds NT Career Achievement Award”.

Mr Christie has previously worked as a life skills development worker at the Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services and as an intensive care unit ward clerk at Royal Darwin Hospital. He is also the NT Branch President of the Australian Health Promotion Association, a leading public health professional body involved in the practice, research and study of health promotion.