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Foundation supports mental health reform

thumb-mental-healthSupporting vulnerable Victorians through mental health reform and encouraging organisations to work on collaborative initiatives that support mental health is a key focus for State Trustees Australia Foundation.

Celebrating 20 years in 2014, the Foundation has provided more than $12 million to hundreds of organisations, projects and causes including an annual grassroots program including many with a focus on mental wellbeing.

Following a $10 million bequest, the Foundation conducted a review refining its grassroots program, introducing a new larger strategic grants program and funding a first of its kind Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel.

Panel representatives include Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), Carers Victoria, COTA Victoria, Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, National Disability Services, State Trustees Australia Foundation, Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and VICSERV.

Effective Philanthropy conducted the review in consultation with State Trustees Australia Foundation, State Trustees, key peak bodies and service organisations across the areas of ageing, disability and carers support, as well as philanthropic funders and other subject matter experts.

A copy of their research results about understanding the impact of recent government reforms in the disability, ageing and mental health sectors is available:

https://www.statetrustees.com.au/uploads/content/123-Research-Sector-Trends.pdf

For more information on the State Trustees Australia Foundation grants and panel:

https://www.statetrustees.com.au/uploads/content/123-STAF-grants-and-panel-may-2014.pdf

The State Trustees Australia Foundation is funded through generous bequests and donations.

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