We’re focused on improving the mental health of all Australians
Recognising the critical role mental health plays in overall wellbeing, Medibank has established the Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund to support all Australians throughout every stage of life.
Our patron is The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, a long-time advocate of the importance of mental health, especially for women, adolescents, those in rural areas, indigenous communities and the military.
“I have been involved in mental health advocacy throughout my career, and I have learnt so much from families and health professionals. Awareness of mental wellbeing has come a long way, and as a community we are talking more about it. I commend Medibank for taking this practical step and providing support where it will make a difference.”
Dame Quentin Bryce
Mental health issues are on the rise...
In Australia, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime1
In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety2
"There is no health without mental health..."Dr Brock Chisholm, psychiatrist and first Director-General of the World Health Organization (IWHOJ)
People living with mental health conditions have poorer physical health compared to those with good mental health3
Mental illness is now the leading cause of long-term sickness absences among Australian workers4
Our initial focus is the mental health and wellbeing of ex-Defence force personnel and their families. We have committed an additional* $1 million in 2018 to these communities.Read more
Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation
Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation is a highly respected research institute working towards alleviating the burden of chronic diseases impacting Australia's military community. Medibank is funding new projects including Mental Health First Aid Training and Compassion-Focused Therapy for veterans and their families.
The Banksia Project is a men's mental wellness initiative combining awareness building with constructive action such as industry mentoring, peer support and activities that enhance social connection. Through this partnership, Medibank is funding the development of specific programs for ex-Defence personnel.
The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports children aged 8-18 years, living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides early intervention, recreational and educational activities while giving children a break in a safe and positive environment. The Medibank Health and Wellbeing Fund will further provide Kookaburra Kids the opportunity to reach even more children nationally who would benefit from the free program.
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund builds on Medibank's existing Community Investment of $6.3 million in 2017 5 through our partnerships with beyondblue, Mates4Mates, Australian Military Medicine Association and Soldier On. Medibank is also a proud premier partner of the Invictus Games in Sydney 2018, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the national exercise and wellness program Free + Active and the Melbourne Marathon Festival events that encourage better physical and mental health in Australian communities.
1 Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007 (4326.0). Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics.
2 Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.
3 National Mental Health Commission. Equally Well Consensus Statement: Improving the physical health and wellbeing of people living with mental illness in Australia. 2016
4 Petrie K. et al, 2018. A framework to create more mentally healthy workplaces: A viewpoint. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52 (1), 15-23. Available
5 Medibank’s community Investment is verified by the London Benchmarking Group (LBG)