The Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation funds vital research into progressive neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, (MND), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's Disease as well as stroke. These conditions are life threatening and can affect anyone, including young people.
The Foundation also funds research into palliative care. In a rapidly aging society more and more people will need the best palliative care possible at the end of their lives.
The Foundation was established in 1993 by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, in conjunction with the Bethlehem Hospital (now Calvary Health Care Bethlehem) with funding provided from the Estate of the late Glen W Griffiths. This Estate continues to provide funding every year.
The Foundation received a generous bequest in 2004 from the Estate of Margaret Ann Day, who had a distinguished career in community health nursing, which is used to fund PhD scholarships.
Grants are available to scientists and health professionals undertaking Victorian based research projects into progressive neurological disease, stroke and palliative care. Preference is given to research projects which have an active link with Calvary Health Care Bethlehem.
Funding for research scholarships is provided in accordance with NH& MRC levels (two thirds of current rate at the time). Project/equipment grants for sums between $20,000 and $50,000 for one year are considered.
Applications are called in June each year and are assessed by the Scientific Reference Panel
Responsibility for the conduct of the Foundation is vested in a board of independent and honorary Trustees, chosen from a cross-section of business, legal, medical, scientific and academic fields.
Mr William Clancy AM (Chairman)
Mr Vin Arthur
Mr Peter Watson
Professor Trevor Kilpatrick
Mr Chris Wilson
Professor Elsdon Storey
Dr Jane Fischer
Dr Bill Rogers