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
Dr Brock Chisholm, psychiatrist and first Director-General of the World Health Organization (IWHOJ)
Medibank is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our veteran communities as a key part of our purpose of ‘Better Health for Better Lives’.
The Medibank Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund is bringing veterans and their families together during the Invictus Games in Sydney to discuss the role mental health plays in veteran recovery and transition to civilian life.
Medibank, in partnership with The Banksia Project, is hosting a session for veterans and their families during the Invictus Games: An Unconquerable Mind: a discussion on veterans’ mental health. The session will facilitate a safe discussion on the role mental health plays in veteran recovery and transition to civilian life allowing veterans and their support networks to share their personal stories and experiences.
Veterans and their families will learn about support tools as well as the role their community can play in their recovery. The session will also include health professionals who will provide expertise and practical guidance.
Veterans’ will also hear about Growth Rooms, a program being developed by The Banksia Project and supported by Medibank. These Growth rooms are designed by veterans and clinical experts, for veterans to help them connect with preventative mental health programs, learn positive mental health practices and connect and support one another.
The Medibank Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund has produced this event with the support of their partners The Banksia Project, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation and Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation.
DVA Open Arms- Veteran and Families Counselling will be in attendance to ensure comprehensive support services are available.
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.
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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)