Funding Priority Research

Top Australian psychosis researchers came together at the 2018 Research Symposium to develop five priority areas for psychosis research in Australia.

These priorities are the Five Success Factors, and they represent the areas where psychosis research is urgently needed to have the most benefit in the lives of people living with psychosis.

Each Success Factor has several highly regarded Research Projects waiting for your support.  We invite you to partner with us to contribute financially to fund these projects.

SUCCESS FACTOR 1- INCREASED LIFE EXPECTANCY

People living with psychosis die 23 years earlier than the general population.  This is due to poor physical health and a suicide rate 50% times higher than the general population.

Psychosis Australia supports research that finds new treatments to help people living with psychosis to improve their overall health, and to live longer and healthier lives.

Research is needed to improve the quality of treatments and care provided to people with additional health problems, such as poor physical health, or drug and alcohol abuse.

SUCCESS FACTOR 2: INCREASED COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF TREATMENTS AND SUPPORTS

We need to understand which treatments and supports provide optimal value for money and the greatest returns on investment, and the most positive outcomes for individuals and the community.

SUCCESS FACTOR 3: IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE

Psychosis Australia supports research that identifies treatments and supports that are effective in helping people with psychosis to experience improvements in their quality of life. It is also critical that we reach a consensus on how best to measure improvements in quality of life.

SUCCESS FACTOR 4: INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION

Psychosis Australia supports research that identifies how treatments and supports can help to increase the productivity and social and economic participation of people living with psychosis for the benefit of all Australians.
Improving an individual’s mental health can provide benefits in increased social and economic participation, productivity in employment, and community engagement and connectedness.

SUCCESS FACTOR 5: TANGIBLE PROGRESS TOWARDS PREVENTION, RECOVERY AND CURE

Psychosis Australia supports targeted research that can ultimately discover a cure for psychosis. Psychosis Australia will also support research that develops preventative interventions for Australians at risk of experiencing psychosis, and research that identifies treatments and supports to assist individuals in their recovery journey.

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