Welcome to the Antony Kidman Foundation
The Antony Kidman Foundation is a private not-for-profit philanthropic organisation dedicated to improving mental health outcomes for young people by supporting the important work of The Kidman Centre, UTS, a clinical research facility of the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
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Supporting the work of the Kidman Centre, UTS
The Kidman Centre, UTS is an internationally recognised youth mental health research and treatment centre. It is part of the University of Technology, Sydney and is located within the Prince of Wales hospital precinct in Randwick, New South Wales.
Helping fund initiatives to support youth mental health
The Antony Kidman Foundation supports the important work of The Kidman Centre, UTS in a variety of ways.
Direct funding
Funding through annual donations and specific project-based funding
Expert advisors
Provision of consulting and expert services to support the Centre's operations and growth
Strategy advice
Strategic advice and other support provided by Foundation board members and others
About the team
The Foundation and its activities are managed by a voluntary Board of Directors and supported by the Company Secretary.
Professor Antony Kidman AM
Professor Antony (Tony) Kidman was a man of grand passions: war historian, scientist, avid follower of political life, singer, lover of performing arts and fitness enthusiast. Above all, Prof. Kidman was a devoted family man. He was a visionary leader, driven to help others.

Beginning his science career in the late 1950s, Prof. Kidman and his family moved to the United States in the early 60s. In 1972, he returned to Australia and joined the academic staff at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) where he remained for the next 43 years until his untimely death in 2014. In the mid-1980s, Prof. Kidman became intrigued by the work of Professors Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck in the US, the pioneers of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). He decided to pursue a new career as a clinical psychologist and was instrumental in bringing CBT to Australia.

In 1985, Prof. Kidman established what was to be his great legacy, the Health Psychology Unit at UTS. The Unit was initially focused on the biological and psychological aspects of cancer.
In the early 2000s, as the importance of early intervention in mental illness came to light, Prof. Kidman shifted the focus of the Unit to the mental health of young people. He undertook research and developed evidence-based clinical programs addressing mental health concerns in this population, a focus he maintained for the rest of his life.

In 2005, Prof. Kidman was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to clinical psychology. His academic achievements include 154 journal articles and nine books, as well as regular presentations at conferences internationally. He was an early advocate of the self-help movement, translating psychological science into accessible books for the community.

In 2018, the Health Psychology Unit was renamed in his honour as The Kidman Centre, UTS in 2018. This event was celebrated at a ceremony at which former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was the key speaker.
Contact the Foundation
If you have any queries or want to learn more about the important work of the Foundation or how you may be able to assist, please get in touch with us via email.
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What is the difference between the Antony Kidman Foundation and The Kidman Centre, UTS?
They are entirely separate organisations, although they work closely together. 

The Kidman Centre, UTS is a youth mental health research and treatment centre which is part of the University of Technology, Sydney and has its clinical research premises located within the Prince of Wales hospital precinct in Randwick, NSW. 

The Antony Kidman Foundation is a privately run, not-for-profit philanthropic organisation established to financially support the activities of the Centre. Whilst we are not part of UTS, we do work closely with the University to advance the interests and impact of the Centre.
How do I find out more about The Kidman Centre, UTS and its programs?
The Kidman Centre, UTS offers a range of evidence-based preventative programs and clinical treatments. The focus of the programs and treatments is to help address mental health issues being experienced by, or which may arise for, those 5-25 years of age.

More information about their programs and treatments can be obtained here.
Are donations to the Foundation tax deductible?
Yes, donations to the Foundation are tax deductible under Australian tax law. We will issue a receipt in respect of each donation to enable you to claim the deduction if it is available to you. Whether you can actually claim a deduction will depend on your individual tax circumstances.
How will my donation be used?

As we have minimal overheads, almost the entirety of your donation will be used to support The Kidman Centre, UTS.

Our Donation Terms, which we encourage you to read, provide full detail on how donations are applied. However, in summary, donations are used to support the Kidman Centre in one of the following ways:

  • As part of the Foundation’s regular financial donations to the Centre (including to fund specific projects), and/or,
  • To assist in funding the provision of specific services to the Centre by third party consultants and contractors engaged by the Foundation, and/or,
  • Deposited into the Foundation’s endowment fund, the earnings from which are applied to further increase funding to the Centre.
Can I get a refund of my donation if I change my mind?
Regrettably, we are unable to refund any donations other than in exceptional circumstances (for example, if the donation was made as part of a fraudulent transaction). Any request for a refund will require a written submission that will be considered by the Foundation Board, acting reasonably.

To learn more, please review our Donations Terms or contact us.
Will my contact details be provided to other parties?
No. We will not share your name or email address (or any other information we may have about you) with any other party, except if required by law.
Who do I contact if I have another question?
Please drop us a line at contact@kidman.org.au