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About the Hocking Fellowship Program

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The Hocking Fellowship Program, comprised of the Hocking Fellowship and Hocking Community Award, was established in honour of the late Barbara Hocking OAM (Executive Director of SANE Australia 1995–2012), who worked tirelessly to improve the wellbeing of Australians living with complex mental health issues.

The Hocking Fellowship Program provides opportunities for recipients to undertake an investigative project into their preferred area of interest within the field of complex mental health. 

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 health issues

Candidates are not required to have any academic qualifications or training. The ADRC welcomes applications from any Australian citizen or permanent resident – including people living with mental health issues and their carers, as well as mental health professionals and researchers.

The 2019–2020 Program has been expanded to include two grants:

  • The Hocking Fellowship (up to $20,000AUD)
  • The Hocking Community Award (up to $10,000AUD).

You will need to specify if you are applying for the Hocking Fellowship or Hocking Community Award in your application form.

Applications for the Hocking Fellowship Program are now closed.

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Hocking Fellowship

The Hocking Fellowship provides a grant of up to $20,000AUD to support travel (domestic and/or international) and costs for a project that explores the experiences of those living with complex mental health issues or those their carers, family and friends.

It is an opportunity to undertake a project that:

  • advances the public understanding of complex mental health issues,
  • improves the treatment, support and wellbeing of adults affected by complex mental health issues,
  • contributes to stigma reduction,
  • explores innovative approaches to understanding the needs and experiences of people living with complex health issues,
  • allows the recipient to learn from international case studies and/or best practice.

Hocking Community Award

The Hocking Community Award provides a grant of up to $10,000AUD to support a research project that focusses on addressing the needs of those caring for someone who lives with complex mental health issues – this may include: professional carers, family members, friends, colleagues, or any other person who provides care and support for somebody living with a complex mental health issues.

The project must:

  • explore innovative approaches to better understanding the needs of those who care for people affected by complex mental health issues,
  • contribute to stigma reduction,
  • focus on the Australian context.

To be eligible for the Hocking Community Award, the proposed project must consider the ways in which carers, family and friends can best support those living with complex mental health issues, whilst also looking after themselves and their own wellbeing. 

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Last updated: 13 August, 2020