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About R E Ross Trust

The R E Ross Trust is a perpetual charitable Trust established in Victoria in 1970 by the will of the late Roy Everard Ross. Since its inception, the Ross Trust has distributed over $90 million dollars in grants for charitable purposes in Victoria.  Governed by five Trustees who manage the Trust’s assets and distribute its income, the granting priorities of the Trust are set by Trustees who take into account the wishes of the Trust’s benefactor, Roy Everard Ross. These priorities reflect the Trust’s mission to address disadvantage and inequity, encourage and promote social inclusiveness, community connectedness, health and wellbeing, and protect and preserve Australian flora and fauna.

Support for SANE

For the period FY19-FY21, R E Ross Trust is supporting ‘SANE Assist’, ensuring that people affected by complex mental illness are able to access a range of different specialised and digitally-integrated services through the SANE Help Centre, and can continue to do so for free.

Established in 1998, the SANE Help Centre is the only support service of its kind in Australia for people affected by CMI. First established as just a phone line, the service model has evolved to include email and live chat support provided by specialist mental health professionals. One of the most unique aspects of the SANE Australia Help Centre is that it is staffed by trained mental health professionals who not only care deeply about the work they do, but also have the specific professional expertise and wisdom to guide and support people on their journey with complex mental illness. Today, the service provides 12,000 hours of specialist support each year to the public, from 10am–10pm weekdays.

‘SANE Assist’ will allow for a digital transformation of the SANE Help Centre. It will deliver a strategic capability transformation project that will:

  • Co-design new service models with people with lived experience, their family, friends and colleagues
  • Provide specialised and digitally-integrated supports from specialist mental health professionals for people affected by complex mental illness and integrate these supports with the Online Peer Support Forums
  • Cater for all Australians, with special focus on those living in regional, rural and remote areas.
  • Be the only support service of its kind in Australia for people affected by complex mental illness
  • Three year expansion program supporting 25,000 in FY 21 with view to ongoing Federal or PHN funding based on demonstrated impact
  • Support a minimum of 40,000 Australians per year by FY22