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Medibank launches Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund

Recognising the critical role mental health plays in the overall wellbeing of Australians, Medibank has committed $1 million this year to establish the Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund.

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund (MHWF) will initially focus on the mental health & wellbeing of former Defence personnel and their families including preventative initiatives, quality of life programs, awareness and education. 

The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, the former Australian Governor-General, who was announced as the Patron of the Fund, said: “I have been involved in mental health advocacy throughout my career, and I have learnt a great deal from families and health professionals.  Awareness of mental wellbeing has come a long way, and as a community we are talking more about it.  I commend Medibank for taking this practical step and providing support where it will make a difference.”

The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation has been selected as one of the first groups to receive funding through the Medibank MHWF.  Based at Greenslopes Private Hospital in Brisbane, the highly respected organisation is focused solely on supporting Australia’s military community.  Some of the funds will be used to develop and pilot a new mental health program for veterans and their partners.

Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation CEO Miriam Dwyer said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have the support of Medibank to undertake these high impact initiatives.  We believe that the inclusion of partners and families in the recovery process is critical to delivering positive, long term mental health and wellbeing benefits for veterans.”   

The Banksia Project will also be supported by the MHWF.  The Sydney-based mental wellness charity facilitates free programs focused on prevention and recovery from mental health conditions.  Through this new partnership, Medibank will fund the development of specific programs for ex-Defence personnel.

Supporting better mental health and wellbeing is a priority for Medibank, and builds on the partnerships that we have already with organisations such as beyondblue, Mates4Mates and the Australian Military Medicine Association.  

 

Visit our webpage for more information about the Fund and its activities. 


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