History and Affiliations

The Defence Health Foundation was established in June 2010 as a charitable trust to fund medical research into issues affecting current and former members of the Australian Defence Forces and their families. The Foundation is funded solely by Defence Health Ltd, which is a not-for-profit restricted health insurer for the Defence community.

Since its establishment, the Foundation has awarded grants to the value of over $1.8 million. This includes nearly $780,000 in the most recent grants announced at the end of 2013.

In November 2013, ten of the Foundation's 2011 and 2012 grant recipients were invited to present their findings at the Australasian Military Medicine Association conference. We acknowledge and thank the Repat Foundation for giving the researchers an opportunity to showcase their work at this important forum.

Our Purpose

We have one clear purpose - to provide funding for medical research that meets the objective of being of benefit to the Defence community. The Defence community includes both serving and ex-serving personnel of the ADF, as well as their immediate families.

The type of medical research funded includes the study of the causes, treatment and prevention of human diseases. The term diseases includes physical or mental ailments, disorders, defects, wounds and morbid conditions, whether of sudden onset or gradual development and whether of genetic or other origin.

The Foundation makes grants periodically to medical researchers who are engaged in research that serves this purpose.

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