Brain & Mind Research Institute
Diseases of the brain and mind, including substance abuse, clinical depression and dementia now account for more than 40 percent of all illness. These diseases are devastating for those affected, their families, and for society, costing the Australian economy an estimated $30 billion each year.
The BMRI brings together patients, support groups and front-line carers with scientists and clinicians working in neurosciences and brain research, providing hope for those affected.
A number of clinics operate at the BMRI, providing innovative care to clients and an important platform to enhance research efforts.
The BMRI also regularly recruits members of the community to participate in clinical research.
Dogs give scientists dementia lead
16 May: Associate Professor Michael Valenzuela's world-first study of dogs with dementia could hold the key to a breakthrough in dementia treatment. Watch the ABC news story.
Closing date: 27 May. Building on the success of BMRI research, the postgraduate program in Brain and Mind Sciences delivers a first class education, research and training program, equipping the next generation of science, medical, nursing, psychiatry and psychology workforces. This role operates in a complex clinical and academic environment and will need to demonstrate influencing and negotiation skills on a day-to-day basis.
New study on the cost of mental health
8 May: A new report reveals the real costs of mental health are much higher than government estimates, and they're often in areas such as social services, housing and employment. Watch The Drum interview with Prof Ian Hickie (time 35:15) or listen to the story on Radio National.
Associate Professor Renee Bittoun from the Smoking Research Unit invites tobacco treatment specialists, medical professionals, health workers and others with an interest in the field to attend the Australian Smoking Cessation Conference 2013, 6 - 8 November. Earlybird registrations now open.
Is it time for a public insurance system for mental health?
6 May: With strong public support for public insurance schemes such as Medicare and the NDIS, Sebastian Rosenberg proposes a similar insurance system for mental health called MindCare. Read more.
Learn how to be a leader in the area of mental health service and policy development and gain insights into the development of strategy, organisational-level policy, and governance for achieving change. The short course is facilitated by leading mental health advocate Professor John Mendoza.