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Not-for-profit groups, health and rehabilitation organisations and research bodies are encouraged to apply for new philanthropic funding for projects aimed at improving the lives of people who face enormous health and wellbeing challenges.

The new Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund is now calling for applications for grants of between $2,000 and $25,000 as part of a $2million philanthropic program in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Slater and Gordon Head of Australia Ken Fowlie said the new philanthropic fund would support projects that had the potential to improve the treatment, care and quality of life of people with asbestos-related diseases, occupation-caused cancers or who lived with a significant disability as a consequence of a catastrophic injury.

The fund would also support education initiatives and information sharing projects amongst medical and other health professionals.

“At Slater and Gordon, we are proud of our nearly 80-year history of fighting for the rights of people with significant injuries and those who have asbestos and occupation-caused cancer,” he said.

“Illness, injury and disability have an enormous impact on our brave clients and their families, and our goal is to ensure that they have the best possible support, treatment and quality of life.

“Slater and Gordon is proud to advocate for social justice and law reform and we have demonstrated our commitment to the wellbeing of everyday Australians by investing $2million into this new fund by 2020.”

The Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund – a venture spanning Australia and the United Kingdom – will seed innovative projects that have the potential to make a tangible and positive difference to people’s lives.

Mr Fowlie said applications would be assessed by an advisory committee of members from the UK and Australia with extensive expertise in medicine, health, rehabilitation and support.

“To guide the fund’s decisions and ensure the applications are assessed appropriately, we’ve brought together an expert committee from across Australia and the UK,” he said.

The committee includes Professor Bill Musk, respiratory physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia; Associate Professor Paul Mitchell, Senior Specialist at Austin Health Cancer Services in Victoria; Cheryl Koenig OAM, a New South Wales-based community worker and carer for her son who has a brain injury; and Peter Trethewey, Chief Executive Officer of AQA Victoria.

A number of leading medical experts from the UK are also joining the committee, including Professor Dean Fennell from the University of Leicester, Mark Wilson, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Imperial College London and Liz Darlison, Consultant Nurse at Mesothelioma UK.

To register to receive your copy of the Application Guidelines email researchfund@slatergordon.com.au or call (03) 8644 8446.