Announcement - Postgraduate Program in Brain & Mind Sciences

March 2009

The Brain & Mind Research Institute was successful in receiving $2,650,000 in late 2008 under the Commonwealth Government’s Diversity Fund scheme for the establishment of a Postgraduate Program in Brain and Mind Sciences.

The establishment of a Postgraduate Program in Brain and Mind Sciences will provide a leading quality research and learning environment where postgraduate students can benefit from the unique collaborative model of research, and the extensive facilities of the BMRI and planned Brain and Mind Research Hospital. Postgraduate students will have access to cutting edge technologies, leading researchers and the broad range of individuals within the community suffering from diseases of the brain and mind who seek help at the BMRI. The Postgraduate Program will provide focused training for the next generation of science, medical, nursing, psychiatry and psychology workforces to better meet this disability area which has become a national health priority.

Teaching

The Postgraduate Program in Brain and Mind Sciences will respond to the labour market needs for trained mental health professionals, providing a specialised education experience in an established centre of research excellence in mental health and neurosciences. Postgraduate students of the program will have opportunity for direct community involvement in research and service provision, a valuable clinical experience with significant community benefits as the program addresses the gap in mental health workforces.

The Postgraduate Program will be a cross-faculty, interdisciplinary learning environment whereby students from a range of education backgrounds including medical, allied health (occupational therapy and physiotherapy), nursing, psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience and neuropharmocology will have access to focused training in mental health and neuroscience specialities.

A Postgraduate Program Manager has been appointed to oversee the development of the program. PhD and Masters by research students have begun enrolment, and the curriculum design is well underway for intake of coursework students in 2010.