Medical Research Future Fund – Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission

Page last updated: 08 May 2018

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The Government will deliver $125 million over 10 years to the Million Minds Mission to assist a million people who might otherwise not be part of mental health research and clinical trials to access new approaches to diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The Mission will support priorities under the Fifth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan and is consistent with Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy 2016–2021 and Priorities

Why is this important?

More than 3.8 million Australians aged between 16 and 85 experience a mental illness each year. Ongoing research into the causes, prevention and treatment of mental illness is critical for reducing its prevalence and impact.

The Million Minds Mission will better support innovative, systems-based research that addresses key national health priorities. It will also ensure mental health research is translated into practice, giving all Australians access to better mental health care.

The Mission will stimulate research into eating disorders, suicide prevention, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other areas of critical importance to national mental health and wellbeing.

The Mission will be guided by a research roadmap developed in consultation with researchers, clinicians, consumers and co-funders.

Who will benefit?

Australians will benefit from new ways of preventing and treating mental illness through the national Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission.
Health and medical researchers will receive support to translate their mental health research into patient benefits.

Healthcare providers operating across public and private sectors, and their affiliated institutions, will be able to offer patients new treatments and products to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

How much will this cost?

This will cost $125 million from 2017–18 to 2026–27 from the Medical Research Future Fund.

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