A healthy community is a resilient one and part of our community contribution is about helping people bounce back when adversity hits, as well as continuing to explore how we can improve health outcomes.
Advancing health research is another way Medibank is working towards building better health for the next generation.
Health research for the better
Now in its second year our Medibank Health Research Fund (MHRF) has provided grant funding to three Melbourne projects and five projects from New South Wales which aim to look at new ways of responding to existing health problems to improve outcomes and reduce the likelihood of hospital readmissions.
Medibank Health Research Fund FY14-15 grants:
Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University – a social marketing approach aimed at improving outcomes for patients who are ‘at risk’ of heart failure.
Department of Epidemiology & Preventative Medicine, Monash University – improving measurement and knowledge of hospital-based care experiences
Department of Epidemiology & Preventative Medicine, Monash University – factors that predict positive outcomes and optimise quality of life for patients who undergo hip and knee joint replacements
Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong – rehabilitation optimisation in response to increased demand for services
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales – expanding the roles and responsibilities of the Practice Nurse for ’at risk’ heart patients
School of Psychology, University of Sydney –turning the tables on the way women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ are engaged with about their treatment options
Department of Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital & University of Sydney – non-pharmacological management of osteoarthritis to reduce surgical referrals
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney – new smartphone technologies for sufferers of lower back pain to reduce medical care and hospital re-admissions.
Preparation, relief and recovery
As the Community Preparedness Partner with Australian Red Cross for three years running, our efforts went towards support for disaster planning and response activities in Australia and relief and recovery efforts, locally and overseas.
Medibank is proud to have contributed to the ongoing work of Australian Red Cross particularly in:
- Victoria, the Adelaide Hills and Western Australia when bushfires threatened the regions in January 2015;
- Rockhampton and Yeppoon, Queensland after Cyclone Marcia swept through the region in February 2015;
- North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory when Tropical Cyclone Lam hit in February 2015;
- Nepal as part of international efforts in response to the devastating earthquake in April 2015; and
- Vanuatu to assist the slow recovery from the devastation and destruction caused by Cyclone Pam in March 2015.