Greater Research Into Mental Health With $10 Million Boost

Greater Research Into Mental Health With $10 Million Boost

Victoria Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge

Government Unveils $10 Million Mental Illness Research Fund

Victor P Taffa

The treatment of people with a mental illness will be improved through a major research fund unveiled today by Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge.

Announcing details of the $10 Million fund at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Academic Centre Research Symposium 2011, Ms. Wooldridge said it delivers on a Coalition election commitment to provide a greater research focus to mental illness.

“I believe the outcomes of this program will make a significant contribution to mental health care in the years to come.” Ms. Wooldridge said.

“The Mental Illness Research Fund will support a small number of significant grants, possibly three to five, to facilitate high quality and innovative research, which can translate into real improvements for Victorians with a mental illness.”

 

Ms. Wooldridge announced that an expert advisory committee chaired by Professor Bruce Tonge will provide advice on the Fund, including on the research agenda for the grants, with support provided by Neurosciences Victoria (NSV).

“The Expert Advisory Committee will initially determine the strategic research priorities in consultation with the mental health sector and research agencies.” Ms. Wooldridge said.

“The consultation process will highlight areas that require significant improvements to mental health practice and service delivery and focus the Fund’s investment.”

“This could encompass such priorities as improving the evidence base for mental health practice and service delivery in clinical and community settings, improving access to mental health support services and best practice mental health rehabilitation practices for Victorians with a mental illness.”

The application round will open once the research agenda and strategic priorities are finalised in coming months.