People suffering with a significant injury, disability or illness are set to benefit from a new health and social research fund to support vital research and education programs.
The Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund will see $2million worth of grants provided by 2020 to not-for-profit groups, allied health organisations and research bodies in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Slater and Gordon Managing Director Andrew Grech said the grants program would support research and health projects to improve the wellbeing of people suffering asbestos-related diseases, occupational cancers and catastrophic injuries.
“We are delighted to launch the Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund which complements our strong commitment to social and economic justice for everyday Australians,” Mr Grech said.
“We believe that beyond the individuals we represent, the firm can also play a broader role in advocating for people with asbestos and occupation-caused cancer and those who live with significant disability.
“The firm will invest $2million by 2020, to improve the lives of people in need and support better health and safety outcomes in our workplaces and communities.”
Mr Grech said the new philanthropic fund would build on the successes of the Slater and Gordon Asbestos Research Fund with an increased investment and broader areas of support.
“The Asbestos Research Fund (ARF) has provided more than $1.4million towards education, medical research for asbestos-related cancers over the past decade,” he said.
“The work of the ARF, including the Vojakovic Fellowship program, will continue as part of this new Fund, but we’re now making a larger financial investment and supporting more areas of medical and social need.
“The ARF included donations by Slater and Gordon clients and their relatives, and it’s anticipated that similar donations will be accepted and distributed by the new Fund.”
Slater and Gordon is Australia’s largest consumer law firm and boasts an 80-year history of delivering social justice and law reform. The firm has more than 1200 staff in 70 locations across Australia and 800 staff across 13 locations in the United Kingdom.
Application forms will be ready in March 2014. To register to receive your copy of the application form, visit the Health Projects and Research Fund page or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 8644 8446. An expert advisory committee will be established to provide advice on priorities for the Fund. Applications will be considered once a year for health and research organisations and throughout the year for professionals or individuals undertaking education.