New IgnitED Fund to develop innovative ideas to help solve the problem of eating disorders
The Australian Eating Disorders Research & Translation Centre has launched a fund to unearth bright ideas in the community that have the potential to solve the problem of eating disorders.
Eating disorders are serious, complex mental illnesses with significant physical and mental health impacts, high mortality rates and low rates of detection.
The IgnitED Fund will offer up to $25,000 grants to Australian residents with innovative ideas who want to work in a co-design process with researchers and lived experience experts to bring their idea to life and build new relationships and skills, and to translate research to good practice.
Centre Director, Associate Professor Sarah Maguire says the fund aims to support the generation of innovative ideas and facilitate the creation of novel teams – between researchers, people with lived experience, practitioners and others who are relevant to the proposed project.
“We need to think differently to find better ways to treat the 1 million Australians living with an eating disorder and to prevent their development in the first place,” said Associate Professor Maguire of the University of Sydney.