Australia’s Minister for Health supportive of new Turner Institute

MICCN Professors Kim Cornish and Mark Bellgrove recently met with The Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, at his Somerville electoral office, to introduce the concept of the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health. Plans for the future development of the Institute were also outlined.

The new institute, which will officially launch mid next year, will include laboratory-based research in partnership with some of Australia’s top health experts and bodies, as well as clinical treatment of patients alongside the State’s leading hospitals. Its translational approach to research will further support education and interventions for brain and mental health conditions, and will help to transform communities across Victoria and Australia, changing lives for the better.

“It is hoped that the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health will form a critical nexus between basic and translational work, thus dovetailing neatly with the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund Million Mind’s Initiative,” Professor Bellgrove said.

The Government will deliver $125 million over 10 years to the Million Minds Mission, to assist a million people who might otherwise not be part of mental health research and clinical trials to access new approaches to diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

The plans for the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health were well received by The Hon. Greg Hunt, who will be kept updated on all progress.

More information on the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health can be found here.

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Professors Mark Bellgrove (left) and Kim Cornish (right) met with The Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, to introduce the new Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health