Australia invests $30m to support vital brain and mental health research

This latest funding is one of the largest received under Monash University’s renewed philanthropic campaign

Monash University has received a $30 million philanthropic gift that will fund vital mental health research and preventative treatment initiatives to improve the lives of millions of Australians.

The generous gift from the David Winston Turner Endowment Fund will accelerate research at Monash’s Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health. The donation was announced by Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Margaret Gardner AC.

Professor Gardner said the funding was in addition to $13 million in previous donations, which enabled the University to launch the Turner Institute, bringing the total given to Monash by the David Winston Turner Endowment Fund to 43 million dollars since 2015.

This latest donation will fund a groundbreaking Turner Institute study that will follow thousands of residents of all ages in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs over a 10-year period, establishing a “living laboratory” to prevent, monitor and treat the signs of mental illness, dementia and other brain conditions.

Due to begin in 2023, the longitudinal study will break new ground by sampling an entire population – not just those with a predefined condition – and reimagine the way we identify and treat mental health issues as the world continues to grapple with COVID- 19. Emphasis will be placed on including diverse ages, cultural backgrounds and genders, and engaging community and industry groups to deliver on this ambitious agenda.

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