Schizophrenia was once a concealed illness, hidden behind a veil of misunderstanding and stigma. As an illness that will affect one in one hundred people in Australia, it is vital that we speak openly and passionately about why we need to address this illness. As well as the staff of the Institute who speak with passion about their work, we are fortunate to have dedicated individuals who have committed their time to help promote the need for medical research.

Life Governors

Judy Gibson, a foundation Board member, has dedicated much of her life to raising funds and awareness for schizophrenia research. The tragic death of her son in 1988 and his struggle with this disease, motivated Judy and her late husband Jack, to create awareness of the need for better treatments and a cure.




Don McDonald, has played an extremely significant role in raising funds and awareness for mental health research, particularly with respect to schizophrenia, an illness which has directly affected his family for over 15 years. Don played a leading role in bringing together an alliance of concerned organisations and individuals, that led to the establishment of the Institute.



 Celebrity Ambassadors

Bondi Rescue Lifeguards Corey, Maxi and Kerrbox, have thrilled television audiences with adrenalin-charged work at the beach means that Bondi Rescue have their work cut out for them trying to keep it clean for SwearStop.



Patient Ambassadors

Richard “The joys in my life – playing music with the band, presenting a community radio show and eating at nice restaurants with my family!”.




Wendy is working, financially responsible and eager to confront her illness and take the initiative to keep herself well.




Family Ambassadors

Matt Dee. Since losing his sister to schizophrenia Matt is determined to make a diference by supporting schizophrenia research and helping others live life to the fullest.






Eva Urban wants to help stop the silent suffering of other families by raising the public profile of this often distressing and debilitating illness.

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