The Bupa Health Foundation

The Bupa Health Foundation is one of the leading charitable foundations dedicated to health in Australia.

Our vision is to partner with health and medical researchers, to address the health needs of the Australian community and deliver on our purpose to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

Our approach to partnering includes four core activities;
Investing in research that improves health
Collaborating with researchers across academic, industry and healthcare communities
Advocating for researchers, organisations and initiatives that are improving health
Capacity building by developing skills and networks of health and medical researchers

We’re proud to be the principal partner of Kids Helpline, supporting the Kids Helpline @ School program and My Circle service.

Over the last 10 years we have invested more than $35 million in partnerships across the country. You can read about some of these initiatives in our latest highlights report.

Foundation leadership


Foundation management

  • Julie Bissinella, Director Community Engagement
  • Donna Peek, Operations Manager

Foundation Board

  • Mr Bryan Mogridge, ONZM (Chairman)
  • Mr Mike Hawker, AM (Deputy Chairman)
  • Mr Hisham El-Ansary
  • Ms Jane Harvey
  • Mr John Lorimer
  • Mr Trevor Matthews
  • Dr Lisa O’Brien
  • Mr Nick Stone
  • Mr Tony Johnson
  • Ms Kim Wenn

Foundation Partnerships

The Foundation has invested more than $35m in national initiatives focused on improving health outcomes for the Australian community.

Health System Sustainability - NHMRC Partnership Centre

The Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability will explore the issues impacting health care system sustainability, and develop and evaluate a set of implementable interventions that are appropriate from a clinical, patient and economic perspective.

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Best Care, First Time

Working with young people, their families and health professionals, this study will investigate how health information technologies can support a genuine circle of care as young people go through the mental health system across primary to specialist health care, and between public and private services.

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Digital Health CRC

The Digital Health CRC aims to improve the health and health care of Australians and advance the economy through collaborative R&D that combines multi-disciplinary skills, industry knowledge, technologies, networks & data.

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My Circle

My Circle is a safe, secure social media platform where young people can connect anonymously with peers that are dealing with similar challenges, and get support from Kids Helpline counsellors. While the service grows, the University of Sydney will evaluate the outcomes, to create an evidenced based, cost-effective program to help more young people access the care they need.

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Kids Helpline at School

Kids Helpline deliver a range of evidence-informed and interactive sessions to primary school classrooms throughout Australia. The program is free, and facilitated by a qualified Kids Helpline Counsellor via a video link. Sessions on offer include topics such as managing emotions, developing resilience, friendship and bullying.

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Celebrating 10 Years of the Bupa Foundation’s Emerging Health Researcher Award

The Bupa Foundation’s Emerging Health Researcher Award which recognises the valuable contribution early-career researchers make toward improving health outcomes for all Australians. Bupa has invested more than half a million dollars in the award over the past 10 years. This year – in its final year, five finalists will be awarded $5,000 with the eventual award winner receiving an additional $20,0001.

We recently caught up with some past winners to learn more about the value of the award and how their careers are progressing. From tackling obesity, improving physical and mental health, identifying new cancer treatments and promoting lung health amongst First Nations children, these inspirational leaders are continuing to make their mark. They also provided advice for the 2021 Award winners, which will be announced shortly.

Priya Sumithran

Leader of the Obesity Research Group at the University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine (St Vincent’s), endocrinologist and Head of Obesity Medicine at Austin Health

2012 Winner

Gabrielle McCallum

Senior Research Fellow, Clinical Nurse, and Program Leader of Menzies’ Child Health Respiratory team, Darwin.

2015 Winner

Amanda McCullough

Commercialisation Team

Queens University, Belfast

2017 Winner

Jennifer Huynh

Postdoctoral researcher at the Olivia Newton-John Research Institute

2018 Winner

Myles Young

Lecturer in the School of Psychological Science at the University of Newcastle.

2019 Winner

Dr Jin Han

Research Fellow and a National Suicide Prevention Fund Postdoctoral Fellow at the Black Dog Institute

2020 Winner

Foundation Grants Program

The Bupa Health Foundation (Foundation) is seeking to invest $1 million in an alliance of organisations who collectively have the capacity and capability to deliver research that leads to improvements in the Mental Health and Wellbeing for children and adolescents (4-17 years).

We are currently inviting Expressions of Interests (EOIs) for research that meet the below criteria and is likely to deliver clear benefits to the mental health of the Australian community.

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Foundation Reports

Highlights Report 2018

Highlights Report 2017

Highlights Report 2016

10 Year Anniversary