Kelly Johnstone and Tony Mitchell Awarded AIHS Life Membership

The AIHS has awarded Life Membership to Kelly Johnstone and Tony Mitchel to acknowledge their outstanding contributions to the Institute and the broader profession.

Life Membership is the highest award that can only be bestowed upon a member of the Institute and is awarded to a member who has at least 15 years of continuous service with the Institute and has given a minimum of 10 years of outstanding service. The award is not made every year and recipients typically exemplify outstanding dedication to AIHS's activities, policy and leadership.


Kelly Johnstone 

Kelly has been a member of the Institute for 25 years, during this time she has been involved in 11 committees, which include the Director of the Board. Kelly made substantial contributions to the Board as it set a new strategy which culminated in a name change for the Institute.

Kelly took on the College of Fellows Chair role during a difficult time in the evolution of the College and the Institute more broadly, providing the necessary leadership and passion to lay the foundations for the future of the College and brought a modern-day contemporary way of thinking and approach to the College. Kelly is a technical expert who is generous with her time and expertise and has been a lead author in a chapter for the OHS Body of Knowledge (7 – The Human as a Biological System). 


Tony Mitchell 

Tony has been a member of the Institute for 27 years and in that time has served in committee roles with both the ACT Division as a committee member, prior to conversion to the ACT Branch, as well as with the WA Branch as a Branch committee member, Deputy Branch Chair and as Branch Chair.

Tony has also served at the National Level on the Institute’s Board, including as Deputy Chair and as Chair of the College of Fellows CPD committee. Tony has also chaired various State Conference committees and was formally invested as a Fellow in February 2023.

Since returning to the ACT, Tony has again taken up an ongoing role on the Branch Committee including serving as Branch Chair. Tony has represented the AIHS at international conferences and continues to be a safety leader in the ACT safety community and is a mentor to new members. 

The AIHS recognises that everything we do is built on many years of contributions by so many people amongst our leadership community, and we would like to thank both Tony and Kelly for their outstanding dedication.