The veterinary epidemiologist has used her skills as part of the national COVID-19 response.
Students won't face upfront costs for some short courses this year as campuses come back to life.
Lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic cost the Australian economy $47 billion while anxiety and worry levels climbed between May and October.
Professor Helen Christensen said mental health needs to be treated with the same level of priority as the coronavirus pandemic.
Former chief medical officer Professor Brendan Murphy is among the nominees for ACT Australian of the Year.