Bupa Australia announces $1m for innovative mental health models

15 August 2018 . Australia

Bupa Australia has announced a one-million-dollar funding initiative for practical research that leads to improvements in mental health models of care in Australia.
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Through the Bupa Australia Health Foundation, the money will be provided to an alliance of research and industry partners who can work towards improved models of care in mental health and how best to fund them.

Bupa Health Foundation Executive Leader, Annette Schmiede, said there are more than four million Australians living with mental health conditions with the cost of mental health related services estimated to be close to $8.5bn per annum.

“There is a clear need for progressive models of care that are aligned with the health needs and care preferences of today’s population. Along with the opportunity to utilise the available data and technology of a modern health system,” Ms Schmiede said.

“At the moment services are often delivered in isolation of the broader health care and social care needs of the individual. We’re looking for a cross-section of research and industry groups to work together on this project to represent different perspectives, organisations and parts of the health sector.

“Ongoing investment in the development of mental health models of care that result in the best outcomes for the patient as well as the health system is urgently needed, and we hope this may be one step in addressing this pressing healthcare matter for Australia."

The following mental health research themes have been identified as areas of interest:

  • community delivered mental health care designed and delivered to meet the needs of the modern consumer;
  • holistic models of care that integrate mental wellbeing and illness care with wider healthcare and social systems;
  • evaluation and/ or scalability of innovative mental health models of care; and
  • digitally-enabled models of care that promote accessibility, appropriateness and efficiency of mental health care, including use of data for informing and evaluating models of care.

The Bupa Health Foundation is accepting expression of Interests from 13 August 2018 until Monday 17 September.

All details on the Foundation Grants Program including criteria can be found at: www.bupa.com.au/foundation

The successful project/s will be announced in December.

About the Bupa Health Foundation

The Bupa Health Foundation is one of Australia’s leading corporate foundations dedicated to health. We are committed to improving the health of the Australian community and ensuring the sustainability of affordable healthcare. Our vision is to build enduring strategic partnerships with the research and health care communities to deliver on our purpose of longer, healthier, happier lives.

The Bupa Health Foundation was established in 2005 and has invested more than $30million to support over 120 projects focused on health and care improvements.

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

Health insurance accounts for the major part of our business with 15.7m customers and contributes over 70% of revenue. We operate clinics, dental centres and hospitals in some markets, with 15m customers. We care for around 23,000 residents in our UK, Australia, New Zealand and Spain aged care businesses.

We directly employ around 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Turkey, the US, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com.