Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge has called for submissions to a $10 million fund that will bolster collaborative research and achieve better outcomes for Victorians affected by mental illness.
Delivering on a Victorian Coalition Government election commitment, the Mental Illness Research Fund will support a small number of significant research projects over four years and enhance Victoria’s position and reputation as a national leader in mental health care.
“The $10 million fund will support evidence-based research, which drives strong collaboration across sectors and promotes better outcomes for consumers, families and carers,” Ms Wooldridge said.
To be considered for funding, research projects will have to address three priority areas:
- Optimising psychosocial recovery outcomes and minimising disability for people affected by mental illness
- Improving effectiveness of existing and new treatments for people affected by mental illness
- Increasing social participation by people affected by mental illness.
Submissions are also expected to demonstrate consumer and family/carer involvement, ensuring their perspectives are included in the planning, development and conduct of the research projects.
An expert advisory committee, chaired by Professor Bruce Tonge, will oversee the open and transparent grant assessment process.
Submissions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm, 13 April 2012.
Information and instructions for applicants can be downloaded from the Victorian Department of Health website: