Medical and healthcare professionals are being encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to help facilitate projects that have the potential to make a positive difference to the lives of people who face challenges to their health and wellbeing.

Now in its fourth year, the Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund has donated close to $300,000 to 12 not-for-profit groups, health organisations and research bodies around Australia.

Slater and Gordon Head of Personal Injury Law, Janine Gregory, said the fund was established to ensure that people with asbestos-related illness, occupation-caused cancer or significant disabilities caused by a catastrophic injury are able to access ongoing, high- quality care and treatment.

“We regularly hear from everyday Australians whose lives have been turned upside down following an unexpected accident or workplace injury or illness,” Ms Gregory said.

“While a positive legal outcome often paves the way towards a brighter future, we want to also be able to improve the long term quality of life for our clients and other members of the community who share similar experiences.

“The Health Projects and Research Fund is an important way for the firm to give back by providing support to medical and healthcare professionals in their invaluable work to help rebuild the lives of people who are suffering from significant health setbacks.”

Grants of between $3,000 and $25,000 are available to support innovation and research projects as well as educational initiatives of medical and allied health professionals.

Last year’s recipients were:

  • St Vincent’s Hospital, Victoria, which received $25,000 to contribute to their genetic research into mesothelioma
  • Monash Oncology Research Institute, Victoria, which received $25,000 to aid them with their research into the biology of mesothelioma
  • Royal North Shore Hospital, New South Wales, which received $25,000 to investigate how repetitious exercise can help those with recent spinal cord injury
  • Alfred Health, Victoria, which received $25,000 to help them in creating a clear treatment plan for patients with critical brain injuries

To obtain a copy of the Application Guidelines, email researchfund@slatergordon.com.au or click here. Applications close COB 11 August 2017.

Grant applications are considered by an Advisory Committee and are subject to final approval by the Australia Communities Foundation as Trustee for the Fund.

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