24 January 2016

Minister for Health Sussan Ley today congratulated Dr Philip Batterham on receiving the 2015 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for his work in the development of a mental health online support tool.

Dr Batterham is a National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellow at the National Institute for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University and was presented with the award last night.

Minister for Health Sussan Ley said Dr Batterham received the award in recognition of his promising work developing an online self-help program that could help to treat people with a number of common mental disorders.

“This award recognises the work and excellence of a young Australian researcher and I congratulate Dr Batterham,” Ms Ley said.

“Dr Batterham’s focusses on the development of a new innovative tool for helping people with one or more mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, suicidality or substance abuse issues.

“The development of this tool is particularly important given around one in five Australians will have an episode of mental ill health in any one year.”

The award was presented to Dr Philip Batterham at the Gala Dinner of the Australian Society for Medical Research Medical Research Week.

The Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award is presented each year to a top-ranked applicant of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Career Development Fellowships scheme. The medal is accompanied by a $50,000 grant to help support the recipient’s research.