Avant Foundation grant recipients for 2019

24 June 2019 | Avant media

Congratulations to the four Avant Foundation grant recipients awarded for new projects and to the Flinders Adelaide Indigenous Medical Mentoring and Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association who receive further funding to continue their work.

Since launch, 17 grants have been awarded by Avant, so it’s exciting to announce the recipients of this year’s funding from the Avant Foundation.

Sixty five expressions of interest were received in response to the call for applications to the Avant Foundation, with applicants seeking funding for an array of initiatives to ultimately support quality, safety and professionalism in the practice of medicine. 

Avant Foundation grants for 2019 

Grant recipient

Project lead


Flinders Adelaide Indigenous Medical Mentoring and Australian Indigenous Doctors Association

Dr Helen Sage
Raegina Taylor

To finance an Indigenous medical student through their first years of study.

Murray City Country Coast GP Training

Dr Gerard Ingham

Quality improvement through random case analysis in practice clinical meetings.


Associate Prof Rhea Liang

Intersectionality and surgical identity development.

University of Adelaide

Professor Guy Maddern

A comprehensive video based coaching program for continuing surgical services improvement - design, efficacy, assessment and clinical implementation

Brain and Mind Centre,
University of Sydney

Associate Prof Louise Nash

An evaluation of peer review groups in psychiatry - impact on practice, professionalism and clinician wellbeing


The Avant Foundation Council selected initiatives for funding that demonstrated alignment to the objectives of the Foundation – to support quality, safety and professionalism in the practice of medicine in Australia, and were also aligned with the Foundation’s funding priorities for 2019, which focus on:

  • initiatives which develop and support leadership capability, especially those focused on quality improvement in medicine
  • academic research in the domains of quality that drive towards a reduction in medico-legal and clinical risk
  • quality improvement initiatives in the clinical setting
  • education initiatives focusing on quality, safety and professionalism
  • projects, research and education programs on professionalism in medicine.

We congratulate all recipients from the Avant Foundation, and wish them well with their work. Our next call for expressions of interest will be in October 2019.

About the Avant Foundation

Established in 2017, the Foundation’s vision is to provide strong leadership within the medical profession, focused on continuous improvement in safety and reducing risk for both doctors and patients. 

The Avant Foundation provides funding to support research, education and leadership programs designed to make a real difference to how medicine is practised – in particular, the systems and processes. We believe this is key to creating sustainable change, enhancing patient care and reducing clinical and medico-legal risks. In this way, Avant and its members can have a meaningful impact on the future of medical practice.

Photo: Previous foundation grant recipients.

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