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Barbara Hocking OAM

The Hocking Fellowship provides an opportunity for Australians to undertake a project that:

  • advances the public understanding of complex mental illness
  • improves the treatment, support and wellbeing of people affected by mental illness
  • contributes to stigma reduction
  • explores innovative approaches to understanding the needs and experiences of people living with complex mental illness.

The Fellowship honours the late 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

Dr Katherine Gill aims to increase understanding of the personal journey associated with functional neurological disorder (FND).

Tandi Kuwana plans to travel to Africa to learn more about a unique Zimbabwean initiative, the Friendship Bench.

Read about past Hocking Fellows.

Applying for the Hocking Fellowship

Applications for the 2018 Hocking Fellowship are now closed.

Applications for the 2019 Hocking Fellowship will open in the second half of the year. Subscribe to the Anne Deveson Research Centre Newsletter, for further announcements.

Applications are open to all Australian citizens or permanent residents over 18 years of age who are active in the field of mental health. SANE encourages applications from people living with mental illness, carers and mental health professionals.

Hocking Fellows will conduct a project in their chosen topic. Focus areas could include, but are not limited to:

  • stigma reduction
  • digital mental health
  • workplace mental health
  • innovative, evidence-based approaches to managing mental health and wellbeing
  • trauma and mental illness

The Hocking Fellowship is not intended for the purpose of clinical research. Hocking Fellowship funds cannot be used to conduct academic research or to cover tuition fees.

What does the Hocking Fellowship offer?

Hocking Fellows receive a grant of up to AU$20,000. The grant period is one year.

Fellowship funds may be used to undertake a study tour in Australia or overseas, to visit other mental health organisations, exchange information and learn from their experiences. If a study tour is being conducted, funds can be used to cover travel, accommodation and associated costs.

What do I need to deliver?

Fellowship recipients will be required to deliver to SANE Australia:

  • a quarterly progress report
  • a final report of findings.

Fellows will also be expected to maintain close contact with SANE and contribute to a range of promotional activities, including:

  • articles for the SANE website
  • media interviews
  • promotion of project findings
  • speaking at SANE-organised public events.

How are projects selected?

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel comprising SANE Australia team members, supporters of the Hocking Fellowship and people with lived experience of mental illness.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further information, if required, and may be interviewed.

Successful applicants will be advised by phone. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised by email.

Further information

For more information, see the Hocking Fellowship FAQ page.

If your question is not answered on the FAQ page, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 03 9190 0619.

Last updated: 13 May, 2019

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