Not-for-profit groups, health and rehabilitation organisations and research bodies are encouraged to apply for new philanthropic funding for projects to enhance the lives of people who face challenges to their health and wellbeing.
The Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund, now in its second year, is calling for applications for grants of up to $25,000 as part of a $2million philanthropic program in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Slater and Gordon Head of Personal Injury Law Australia, Janine Gregory said the philanthropic fund would support projects that had the potential to improve the treatment, care and quality of life of people with asbestos-related diseases, an occupation-caused cancer or who lived with the consequences of a catastrophic injury.
She said small grants of up to $3,000 were also available to support education initiatives of medical and allied health professionals seeking to enhance their expertise in caring for and treating patients in the Fund’s priority areas.
“For 80 years now, Slater and Gordon has fought for the rights of people who have asbestos and occupation-caused cancer and those with significant injuries,” she said.
“Our clients and their families are courageous people who have been hugely impacted by illness, injury and disability. We aim to make sure they can have the best possible quality of life.
“Advocating for social justice and law reform has long been part of our DNA and we are delighted to be able to make a contribution to important health projects and medical research.”
The Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund – spanning Australia and the United Kingdom – will seed innovative projects that have the potential to make a difference to people’s lives.
Applications are assessed by an advisory committee of members with extensive expertise in medicine, health, rehabilitation and support.
The committee includes:
- Professor Bill Musk, respiratory physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia.
- Cheryl Koenig OAM, a New South Wales-based community worker and carer for her son who has a brain injury;
- Peter Trethewey, Chief Executive Officer of AQA Victoria;
- Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Department of Surgery, Central and Eastern Clinical School, Monash University and also Professor / Director Neurosurgery at the Alfred Hospital;
- Associate Professor Paul Mitchell, Senior Specialist at Austin Health Cancer Services in Victoria;