Jason Ball is a graduate of the University and a fellow of one of the University’s colleges, Medley Hall.
In 2016 Jason was honoured by the University of Melbourne with the Arts Alumni Rising Star Award and the Council of Australian Humanist Societies named Jason as the 2016 Young Australian Humanist of the Year. Most recently, Jason was presented with the Out Role Model Award for Sport in the 2017 Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards hosted by Pride In Diversity.
Jason has also been a champion of mental health reform in his role as government relations officer for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre where he has been at the coalface of change, harnessing new technologies to support children, teens and young adults struggling with mental ill health. He regularly visited Canberra in this role, working with politicians from all sides of politics to invest more in this chronically under-funded sector.
In 2016 Jason stood as a candidate for the Greens in the Federal seat of Higgins, where he increased the Greens vote by over 8%. His campaign focused on climate change, asylum seekers, science, mental health and marriage equality.