With medical practice today becoming increasingly complex, the Avant Foundation and Avant Grants seek to support initiatives that improve quality, safety and professionalism in practice.

Our 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 grants aim to provide funding to support research, leadership training and education projects 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 changes, enhancing patient care and continuous medical improvement.


How will you make an impact on the future of medical practice?

There are two pathways to apply for the 2023 Program. The Avant Foundation Grants fund charities who are Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR). The Avant Grants fund medical practices and practitioners.


Applications are now open for the 2023 program


Priority research topics for 2023

  • Doctors’ health and wellbeing
  • Telehealth and virtual care
  • Fragmentation of care
  • Medical leadership/quality improvement leadership
  • Understanding patient complaints
  • Prescribing, including drugs of dependence and e-prescribing

Avant Foundation Grant Applicants

Avant Foundation Grant applications are open to entities that are charities within the meaning of the Charities Act 2013 (Cth) and are endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) (Charity Criteria).

Avant Foundation Grants are not available for individuals.

Avant Grant Applicants

Avant Grant applications are open to:

  1. Medical practices that hold a practice medical indemnity policy with Avant Insurance Limited.
  2. Medical practices that hold a current subscription to PracticeHub and
  3. Medical practitioners
    • who hold a professional indemnity insurance policy with Avant Insurance Limited (excluding Intern/RMO and Doctor in Training policies) in a practitioner category of practice,
    • who are an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia, and
    • who are a practising medical practitioner registered with the Medical Board of Australia.

Medical practitioners applying for an Avant Grant must be project leaders responsible for the design, execution and management of the project. If a project involves other people, you must confirm their consent to you being the project leader. Grants are awarded on an individual basis, and other parties are not eligible to receive any part of the grant. You must have the support of your employer if you are applying on their behalf.


For full eligibility criteria, download the full Terms and Conditions

  • Expressions of interest: November 2022 - February 2023
  • Detailed applications: March - April 2023

Stage one criteria include:

  • Relevance of the project to the objectives and purpose of the Avant Foundation Grants and Avant Grants
  • The project type (e.g. research, education)
  • The project topic area (e.g. domains of quality improvement, professionalism)
  • The leadership experience of the project team
  • The design of the project

For more information download the Info Pack and detailed Evaluation Criteria

Avant Foundation Grants project funding 2022

A/Prof Mark Howard – Victorian Respiratory Support Service (VRSS) Director VRSS, Austin Health.

Grant Recipient: Austin Health


Dr Andrew Casamento – The use of home spirometry to monitor and manage rural and regional patients with airway stenosis during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Grant Recipient: Austin Hospital


Dr Anthony Rotman – The PARTNER study: Delivering timely, best care using remotely collected patient reported outcome measures.

Grant Recipient: Monash Health


A/Prof Vincent Pellegrino – A Multi-Platform Clinical Training Suite To Improve Artificial Heart-Lung Therapy Safety and Effectiveness.

Grant Recipient: Monash University


Professor Jennifer Philip – The PARTNER study: Delivering timely, best care using remotely collected patient reported outcome measures.

Grant Recipient: Royal Melbourne Hospital


Dr Nicole Ghedina – Does introduction of an electronic triage kiosk system with direct patient data entry improve access to clinical care for patients attending an Australian Emergency Department?

Grant Recipient: St John of God


A/Prof Jess Howell – Delivering best practice liver cancer surveillance and care: The PRECISE study.

Grant Recipient: St Vincents Hospital Melbourne


Professor Richard Turner – Teaching telehealth for tomorrow: A telehealth simulation program for Australia’s future healthcare work force.

Grant Recipient: University of Tasmania

I feel both excited and honoured to be awarded this Avant Foundation Grant. Our work closely aligns with the goals of the Avant Foundation and it feels that this relationship is a ‘great fit’. Our team is a close knit and highly productive research team, and we are all excited to be working and collaboratively contributing to the broader Avant Foundation goals.
Professor Jennifer Phillip
Lead Researcher for Royal Melbourne Hospital a 2022 Grant Recipient
Focus on: previous recipients

Children’s Hospital at Westmead I 2021 Recipient

Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney I 2019 recipient

An evaluation of peer review groups in psychiatry | Project lead – Associate Professor, Louise Nash

The Avant Foundation grant supports research to evaluate psychiatrists’ peer review groups and explore participants’ perception of the role the peer review group has on their practice, professionalism and wellbeing.


Associate Professor Nash and her team aim to explore how psychiatrists experience peer review groups.


The study will collect the perceptions of psychiatrist members of peer review groups through qualitative and quantitative methods including online surveys, interviews and focus groups.


A/Prof Nash believes a well-running peer review group provides educational and collegial support for practitioners, which in turn may improve clinical practice, professionalism and personal wellbeing.


Read the full story.

Flinders Adelaide Indigenous Medical Mentoring/Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association I 2019/2018 recipient

To finance an Indigenous medical student through the challenging first years of study | Project lead – Dr Helen Sage/ AIDA Australian Indigenous Doctors Association

Australia’s first independent mentoring program for Indigenous medical students, Flinders Adelaide Indigenous Medical Mentoring (FAIMM), was set up in 2008 in response to the high number of drop-outs of Indigenous students from medicine, particularly in their first year.


The program has also grown to include dentistry students.


The Avant Foundation grant will support an Indigenous student through their first two years of medical school, with mentees regularly meeting one-on-one with their mentor and as a group, once a term. In 2019, funding was extended to enable FAIMM to continue its work.


Read the full story.

Australian Orthopaedic Association Research Foundation I 2018 recipient

Development of tool to assess skills in obtaining informed consent | Project lead – Dr Ian Incoll

Dr Ian Incoll and his co-author, Jodie Atkin, are piloting a new formative assessment tool, in which trainees are observed performing informed consent in the workplace.


The Informed Consent Observation Tool is currently being validated and will be trialled with doctors in training. The tool will help identify any deficiencies and prompt the provision of targeted feedback on areas for improvement.


The Avant Foundation grant is delivering a funding boost to this pilot project. The team hopes this study will produce a reliable and valid tool that can be used to assess informed consent skills in surgical trainees and consultant surgeons.


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University of Melbourne I 2018 recipient

Study to improve accuracy of pneumonia diagnosis in ED | Project lead - Professor Kumar Visvanathan

While treating patients in the emergency department (ED), Professor Kumar Visvanathan noticed more patients were being incorrectly diagnosed for pneumonia than he expected and got the idea for this study, which received an Avant Foundation grant.


Professor Visvanathan and his team of five researchers, who each represent a link in the chain of pneumonia diagnosis, are investigating the accuracy of pneumonia diagnosis in the ED.


The results of the analysis will help inform the development of strategies to improve diagnostic accuracy and effect real change and rapid improvement in a common area of diagnostic error.


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University of Technology Sydney I 2018 recipient

Advancing knowledge of drivers of defensive practice in Australia | Project lead - Associate Professor Nola Ries

Defensive practice drives low-value care, with harm to patients and health systems. Yet, little work has been done in Australia to explore what is driving this behaviour or how change can be instigated at the doctor-patient relationship level.


Associate Professor Ries, a researcher with the Law, Health, Justice Research Centre at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, alongside colleagues in behavioural science, received an Avant Foundation grant to investigate what drives low-value care.


This will eventually deliver online CPD-training resources to educate clinicians and ultimately reduce low-value, defensive practices.


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The Avant Foundation (ABN 27 179 743 817) is administered by its trustee, Avant Foundation Limited (ACN 618 393 847). The Avant Foundation is a Public Ancillary Fund, endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient.