Mend Minds Month - OVER $10K RAISED!

Written By

Nostra Homes

6th of October 2015

Nostra Homes is proud to announce that we have raised over $10,000 for MAPrc and their quest to better treat mental health.


A total of $10,500 was raised in the month of September from our promotion Mend Minds Month. This is a great result for the team at MAPrc and will greatly assist them to better develop treatments for mental illness.


We look forward to presenting the team at MAPrc with the donation over the coming weeks and we'd like to thank our fantastic purchasers in the month of September for assisting us to achieve this outstanding result.  



What we know about mental health:


• 1 in 5 people experience serious mental illness in their lifetime
• resulting in 1 in 2 people being directly or indirectly affected
• mental illness is the 3rd highest cause of disability or premature death in Australia
• at least one third of sufferers don’t respond adequately to current treatments
MAPrc research into illness such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder is categorised into four key research areas:
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Psychiatric Neurotechnology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychiatric Service Research

MAPrc Mission

 MAPrc's mission is to find new treatment approaches for mental illnesses that really work

  • Expand understanding of mental illnesses and their treatment through clinical, patient based research (as opposed to laboratory research)
  • Develop new and effective treatments and diagnostic techniques that will directly improve outcomes and quality of life for people suffering from mental illness
  • Facilitate and support new service approaches for people with mental illness

MAPrc Centre

The core team consists of Director, Deputy Director, Research Manager, Research Fellows, Clinical Research Assistants and postgraduate students.  Overall, MAPrc currently has of a multidisciplinary team of 130 staff and post-graduate students from medicine, nursing, psychology, allied health, science, and health information services.  With this rich mix of skills and expertise, there is constant cross-pollination of ideas and problem-solving.


What makes MAPrc special?

There is no divide between lab and bedside: the work is done with patients as they innovate.

Research is conducted in a real-world setting...

  • Unlike older-style research facilities that are built on university campuses or research parks, MAPrc is situated in the heart of a major Melbourne teaching hospital, The Alfred.
  • This creates a powerful connection between researchers and the people who stand to benefit from their work.
  • MAPrc is a unique translational psychiatry research centre, developing new treatments for all mental illnesses in all age groups.

Where will the donation money go?

This year funds raised will go towards establishing a new PhD scholarship at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). The selected recipient will join the team of clinicians, researchers and post graduate students to help mend minds by conducting a series of high quality clinical research projects under the direct supervision of MAPrc Director, Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, to ensure all outcomes are of the highest quality.
The scholarship is offered as a stipend for three years to emerging students with exceptional ability within the scientific and medical fields. The total cost of these research projects can be anywhere between $300,000 and $500,000. 
MAPrc is committed to developing new treatments for mental illnesses, to further the understanding of the causes of mental disorders and to rapidly translate our research into general use. As one of the largest clinical research groups in Australia, we have developed innovative treatments for depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder through the application of the very latest neuroscience discoveries for over 20 years.