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Barbara Hocking OAM

The Hocking Fellowship provides an opportunity for Australians to undertake a project based study tour in an area of interest that advances the public understanding of complex mental illness, improves treatment, support and the wellbeing of people affected by mental illness, and contributes to stigma reduction.

The project undertaken should be focused on innovative approaches to understanding the needs and experiences of people living with complex mental illness.

The Fellowship honours Barbara Hocking OAM (Executive Director of SANE Australia 1995-2012) who worked tirelessly to improve the wellbeing of all Australians affected by mental illness.

2018 Hocking Fellows

SANE Australia is proud to announce that Dr Katherine Gill and Tandi Kuwana are the 2018 SANE Hocking Fellows.

Katherine aims to increase understanding of the personal journey associated with functional neurological disorder (FND), while Tandi plans to travel to Africa to learn more about a unique Zimbabwean initiative, the Friendship Bench.

Can I apply?

Applications are open to all Australian citizens or permanent residents who are active in the field of mental health. This includes people living with mental illness, carers and mental health professionals.

What the Fellowship offers

Fellows receive a grant of up to AU$20,000 to undertake a study tour in Australia or overseas to visit other mental health organisations, exchange information and learn from their experiences.

As part of the grant, applicants will be required to conduct a project in their chosen topic.

The grant is for one year.

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to): 

  • stigma reduction
  • digital mental health
  • workplace mental health
  • alternative approaches to managing mental health and wellbeing (such as mindfulness or Open Dialogue)
  • trauma and mental illness.

The grant covers travel, accommodation and associated costs.

Please note: the Fellowship is not intended for the purpose of clinical research.

What do I need to deliver?

Participants will be required to report to SANE Australia quarterly, as well as present a final report on their findings.

They will also be expected to maintain close contact with the SANE Australia team and contribute to a range of promotional activities such as writing articles for publication on the SANE website, doing media interviews, promoting project findings and speaking at events

How are projects selected?

  • Applications will be read by a selection panel comprising, SANE Australia team members, supporters of the Hocking Fellowship and people with lived experience.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further information (if required).
  • Referees will be contacted by selection panel, and applicants may also be interviewed.
  • Successful applicants will be advised by phone. Unsuccessful applicants will by advised by email.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2018 Hocking Fellowship are now closed. Subscribe to SANE's monthly newsletter, SANE Express, for further announcements.

Need more information?

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +61 3 9682 5933.

Read about past Hocking Fellows.

Last updated: 1 August, 2018

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