About Us

The Brain Foundation is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC) – click here to visit our entry.


The Brain Foundation is a nationally registered charity dedicated to funding world-class research Australia-wide into neurological disorders, brain disease and brain injuries.

Established in 1970 by neurologists and neurosurgeons, the Brain Foundation funds groundbreaking projects that aim to advance diagnoses, treatment and patient outcomes.  The Brain Foundation annually provides research grants to candidates who are selected by eminent neurological practitioners.

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Receiving no government funding, the Brain Foundation relies on the generosity of individuals, corporate donors and bequests.  100% of your donation goes to the research program.  Your support will make a difference – now and for generations to come.

There is no cure without research.



Migraine & Headache Australia is the only organisation in Australia that has supported the more than 6 million Australians affected by migraine and headache for over twenty years. Migraine & Headache Australia is a division of the Brain Foundation.



The Brain Foundation was established as the Australian Neurological Foundation in 1970. The Founding President was Lord Casey and Vice-President Sir Leslie Herron. The Executive Committee comprised of Dr J Game, Professor KC Bradley, Mr A Mellor (Hon. Sec.), Mr R Chancellor (Hon. Treas.) and Mr F Dethridge (Hon. Legal Adv.). The Foundation was incorporated on 13 May 1970. 1980 saw a name change to the Australian Brain Foundation and 1997 a further name change to the Brain Foundation.

The inaugural meeting of the Foundation was held in Canberra on 16 May 1970 and thereafter in Sydney or Melbourne. The National Office was established in Melbourne in 1977. The National Office was relocated to Sydney in 1997.

A National Scientific Advisory Committee was established in 1976 and a National Finance Advisory Committee in 1977. The first Executive Director was appointed in 1977. The National focus in the founding years was a major public appeal, funding of research grants, support services such as the National Stroke Project, and community education programs such as a National Symposium on Head Injuries.


The Foundation has Members who are the same as shareholders in an ordinary company, which means that they can meet and pass resolutions in general meetings that would override decisions of Directors, however Directors have responsibility for the day-to-day management. The Directors originally proposed that 200 Members be registered and in 1977 increased that figure to 1000. The Members comprise the original subscribers; such other persons, companies or corporations as shall be admitted by the Directors; and elected honorary Life Members.

The National Board of Directors comprises a President, two Vice-Presidents (one medical, one lay), a Secretary, a Treasurer, a representative from both the ANZAN and NSA, and up to 13 other directors ensuring at least one representative of each state. The Directors are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting.


Brain Foundation New South Wales developed from the appointment of Dr George Selby (AAN), Sir Douglas Miller (NSA) and Mr Donald Mackay as NSW Trustees for the Australian Neurological Foundation (ANF) Trust Fund in 1974. A NSW Appeals Committee was established with Sir Douglas Miller as President for the $5 million Major National Public Appeal 1976-1980. In 1980 the ANF NSW Appeals Committee became the Australian Brain Foundation (ABF) NSW Committee. In 1995, ABF New South Wales was incorporated as a public company limited by guarantee. 1997 saw the name change to Brain Foundation NSW and co-existence with the National Body began following the relocation from Victoria. The focal points of Brain Foundation NSW has consistently been fundraising, funding research grants and the provision of community education programs and support services.


Brain Foundation Victoria developed and participated in the early establishment of the Brain Foundation. In 1979, a group of neurologist and business people sought to set up a Chair of Neurology with seeding grant from the Van Cleef Foundation. This was in response to the need identified, some through personal experience of stroke, for support services to be available after discharge from hospital and that education about controlling risk factors to prevent a secondary attack also be provided. Victoria has passed its government sponsored carer and ABI programmes to a new, independent organisation known as “Brainlink.” All the former staff of the Brain Foundation Victoria have moved to that organisation and the Brain Foundation has resumed its focus upon raising funds for clinical, neuroscientific research. The Foundation’s Victorian office is now at Monash University.

Victoria- Board of Directors


Brain Foundation Tasmania is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. The Board of Directors includes medical practitioners and laypersons. The service objectives of the Brain Foundation Tasmania are to provide authentic medical information about neurological disorders for the community and to educate them further with specialist webinars.  Local events are sponsored to raise funds for brain research.

Tasmania – Board of Directors



  • Trevor Thompson, Chief Executive Officer
  • Beata Roman, National Financial Controller

Telephone: 1300 886 660  or  02 9437 5967

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with brain disease or disorders and brain and spinal injuries by donating to the research program.

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Brain FoundationThe Brain Foundation is the largest, independent funder of brain and spinal injury research in Australia. We believe research is the pathway to recovery.