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Leading The Way
Taking the initiative
Responding to the need that had already been identified from the inception of the Foundation, some measures were implemented by the Commonwealth and State Governments to fund hospitals. These included increased taxation, introducing a national Health Scheme and using revenue from Tattersall’s Lottery in Victoria.
Changing Charity Landscape
The late 1980s through to the early 1990s saw a rise in unemployment to 11 per cent, which pushed the number of families and children receiving Department of Social Security pensions and allowances to over 900,000 by the end of 1992. At the same time, welfare agencies also reported a rise in requests for emergency relief and demands for help on most of the welfare agencies more than doubled since the beginning of the recession.
New Health Technology
Another example of the grants the Foundation making grants in new areas of community concern were made in the 1990s to the Anorexia Nervosa Fellowship of Victoria, now known as Eating Disorders Victoria. This was a newly formed organisation set up by mental health professionals concerned with the incidence of eating disorders. It provided support, information and hope to people whose lives are affected by an eating disorder. It has now grown into an organisation covering a broader scope of eating disorders including advocacy and prevention and early intervention. This is yet another example of how the Foundation was able to recognise the value of supporting the work of smaller grass-roots organisations and the importance to the community.