19 Oct 2015
The Society for Mental Health Research is proud to support the national “What’s the fuss?" campaign, and will work to promote the vital contribution mental health researchers make to medical research in Australia. SMHR members are encouraged to share their stories about the need for medical research through the What’s the fuss? www.whatsthefuss.org.au
The question “What’s the fuss?” will ring out around Australia in weeks to come thanks to today’s launch of a new community-led campaign to promote the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and the importance of health and medical research to our nation’s future. The Society for Mental Health Research is proud to support this national campaign, and will work to promote the vital contribution mental health researchers make to medical research in Australia.
The television and online "What's the fuss?" campaign features Carrie Bickmore, Ita Buttrose, Natasha Stott Despoja, and former Australians of the Year Sir Gustav Nossal, Professor Patrick McGorry and Simon McKeon, along with other community and business leaders, patients, and medical researchers from around Australia. They are all explaining “What’s the fuss?” about medical conditions such as dementia, cancer, heart disease, and mental illness.
"Mental health affects every Australian in some way, and is a key mediator of disease trajectory across every chronic health condition," said Professor Patrick McGorry AO, President of the Society for Mental Health Research and Executive Director of Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. “Funding of medical research in general is a great investment for Australia. Mental health research is by far the best buy because people affected by mental illness are in the prime productive years of life. Their outcomes don’t just relieve suffering, they result in economic benefits for society.”
Australia’s mental health researchers perform at least as well as their colleagues in cancer, heart disease, and immunology, and produce outcomes that are immediately translatable into real world, human settings. Despite this, mental health researchers receive disproportionately less of the available government and philanthropic funding than do researchers from these other disease areas.
Medical Research Future Fund Action Group Chair, Peter Scott, said these conditions and many more are certainly worthy of a fuss being made.
“As the television commercial says, the fuss is that Australian health and medical research provides hope for new discoveries leading to better diagnostics, treatments and potentially cures for these conditions and many more”, Mr Scott said.
“The MRFF is the substantial investment in health and medical research that Australia needs, and we are grateful that it is receiving the fuss it deserves thanks to many high profile people being very generous with their time in filming with us, simply because they care so much about improved funding for medical research.
Mr Scott encouraged people to share their stories about the need for medical research through the What’s the fuss? website – www.whatsthefuss.org.au.
The Society for Mental Health encourages mental health researchers to join the campaign, and highlight their own contributions to medical research, and the need for more investment this worthy cause.