Some of our achievements to date

In recent years we have made the following changes to the understanding and management of brain and mind disorders:

  1. Established headspace, the national Youth Mental Health Foundation to help young people aged 12–25 with mild to moderate mental health issues receive early treatment that responds to their needs
  2. Developed a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease that is effective in mouse models. The vaccine works by removing pathological tau protein from the neurons
  3. Built imaging research infrastructure representing a major foray into preventive health and enabling researchers nationally to reshape ideas about brain and mind disorders, and others such as cancer, cardiovascular, and immune disease
  4. Offered an ongoing Brain Training program for older people that delays or slows cognitive decline leading to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and related dementias
  5. Commenced development of a world-first intervention for children and young people with autism, social anxiety and first episode psychosis


Thank you for supporting us. With your help we have developed new procedures, technologies and medicines, provided immediate access to the most advanced assessments and treatments for mental and neurological disorders, and trained 80 of the next generation of scientists, neurologists and mental health professionals.

Our significant achievements provide a strong foundation on which to build further progress. There is still much to do, and with your help we are well positioned to make wide-ranging, enduring, global improvements for people affected by disorders of the brain and mind.