Where does my donation go?

Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)

The Nostra Homes de Castella Run is proud to partner with MAPrc to provide more funding so that more and better treatments can be found for a broad range of mental Illnesses.

Shifting the frontiers…

MAPrc conduct world class research, clinical treatments, advocacy, education and training to make real improvements to the lives of people suffering from mental illnesses. They are currently helping people with bi-polar, schizophrenia, severe depression, borderline personality disorder, acquired brain injury (ABI), Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and improving access to quality mental health services.

The research they perform is what will make real change to people lives and their families and communities.

Supporting women with mental illness through pregnancy

One of the many unique projects is ‘The Development of a New Model of Support and Advocacy for Pregnant Women and New Mothers with Severe Mental Illness’. This project will  research, develop and evaluate a new support service for women with mental illness during pregnancy and post-birth. Clinical experience is used to build on data collected in the MAPrc study – The National Register of Antipsychotic Medication in Pregnancy (NRAMP).

Important information of theoretical and clinical relevance to improve the care of pregnant women suffering with depression, psychosis, anxiety disorders and other conditions. The development of an integrated model of nursing care, incorporating midwives and mental health nurses, to support this vulnerable population will lead the way in special care for this group around Australia and internationally.

This project is of great importance for the welfare of pregnant women and is also an investment in the future wellbeing of future generations of Australians, since healthy babies and children start with healthy mums.

You can find out more about MAPrc. Visit the website here.

Why is mental health research so important?

  • at least one third of sufferers don’t respond adequately to current treatments.
  • 1 in 5 people experience serious mental illness in their lifetime
  • resulting in 1 in 2 people being directly or indirectly affected
  • mental illness is the 3rd highest cause of disability or premature death in Australia

“Depression, in combination with anxiety, is the number one non-fatal disease affecting Australians. It is the second most common cause of lost healthy life years in our community, ranking only after ischaemic heart disease.”

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2006