Funding for “Breakthrough” mental health research


The Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation and  Órama Institute have joined forces to fund $235,000 for eight mental health research projects, covering issues such as the role of sporting clubs in providing good mental health for youth, eating disorders, intergenerational connections, Aboriginal wellbeing, post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health of medical students and clinicians.  The recipients of the grants were announced at a ceremony on Friday 16th October.

Breakthrough Executive Director John Mannion said the focus this year was to invest in research that builds on the strengths of South Australia.

“This enabled us to focus upon research within Indigenous mental health, depression, eating disorders and young people’s mental health,” Mr Mannion says.

“We are supporting research that focuses on early intervention and prevention, and enhancing the fact that South Australian research is at the leading edge of research into mental health.”

Acting Director of the Órama Institute Professor Mike Kyrios says the personal and professional cost of mental ill-health to individuals from all walks of life, and the social and economic costs to society, are significant.

“That’s why we are extremely excited to be working with Breakthrough to fund this incredibly diverse range of research projects,” Professor Kyrios says.

“These projects will enable us to work alongside people with lived experience to investigate the needs of specific populations, and co-design solutions that can be translated into practice within the community.”

Breakthrough Foundation  Órama Institute 2020 grant winners

Empowering parents to intervene early when their child has anorexia nervosa: Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Tracey Wade
“It takes a village to raise a child”: Developing mental health fitness in contemporary youth through community sport using a whole club – village – approach: Professor Murray Drummond, Dr Sam Elliott
Understanding and improving the mental health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic: Dr Dan Fassnacht, Kathina Ali
Removal of Aboriginal infants in a hospital setting: Examining practices: Dr Michelle Jones, Jackie Ah Kit, Dr Carmela Bastian
The co-design of practical wellbeing measures for the Aboriginal healthcare workforce: Professor Mike Kyrios, Professor Sarah Wendt, Joep Van Agteren
The Wisdom Club: Ageing well through intergenerational connections: Associate Professor Tim Windsor, Dr Monica Cations
Improving delivery of an evidence‐based therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): A combined analysis of clinical effectiveness and associated economic benefits: Professor Reg Nixon, Associate Professor Billingsley Kaambwa
Understanding the mental health consequences of hazardous digital technology use in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: Dr Dan King






























And Kasia Robinson was the recipient of the Lauren Corena PhD scholarship for her project titled ” Perfectionism and how it contributes to the development and maintenance of eating disorders”.

Recipient of the Lauren Corena Scholarship, Kasia Robinson







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