About us

The Mental Health Research Team comes together to investigate ways to improve the health, well being, and social inclusion of people living with mental illnesses.

It is estimated that 7 million Australians (45% of 16-85 year olds) will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime [Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008]. For many, this will be transitory. Others, however, experience impairments which, in interaction with the environments in which they live, cause long-term distress and restrictions. For example, the ability to live independently, maintain relationships and participate in the community (Australian Health Ministers, 2009; National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum, 2011). Mental illness is the leading cause of non-fatal burden of disease and injury in Australia [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2006]. These statistics relating to the disadvantage of people living with mental illnesses are mirrored around the globe.

Our research has a number of core foci including investigation of:

  • The origin, nature, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of mental health problems and disability
  • Consumer defined recovery (its definition and measurement), recovery-orientation of service delivery and the enablers of recovery including social supports, participation in personally meaningful activity and social inclusion
  • The variable needs and the equities/inequities of service provision across communities/countries using coding and mapping tools
  • How psychological factors such as stress, anxiety and worry impact upon wellbeing and health
  • Community-based service evaluations
  • The innovation, and evidence-based evaluation, of e-mental health resources (i.e. online and technology based mental health interventions and support services).

This Mental Health Research team is led by Dr Mairwen Jones and comprises a diverse group of academics and higher degree research students from psychology, rehabilitation counselling, psychiatry and occupational therapy and general health science backgrounds.

We work collaboratively with other Research Groups within the Faculty of Health Sciences; other university Research Centres including the Brain and Mind Research Institute, and with numerous community partner organisations working with and for people living with mental illness.

Goals of the team

  • To help create better lives for people living with mental illness in Australia and abroad, by playing a leading role in research innovation, knowledge exchange and translation.
  • To enhance knowledge translation so that research findings are made accessible and relevant to the everyday practices of those who would benefit (consumers, family and carers, staff, policy makers etc.)
  • Foster high quality, high impact collaborative research in mental health
  • Foster growth in collaborative cross-disciplinary research with researchers in and outside the Faculty whose research interest is also mental health
  • Promote research grant development and increase grant funding in mental health
  • Encourage and increase research publication output
  • Support Research Higher Degree students and ensure timely completions
  • Attract high quality Research Higher Degree students in the area of mental health
  • Attract prestigious international researchers in the area of mental health to visit the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • The origin, nature, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of mental health problems and disability
  • Consumer defined recovery (its definition and measurement), recovery-orientation of service delivery and the enablers of recovery including social supports, participation in personally meaningful activity and social inclusion
  • The variable needs and the equities/inequities of service provision across communities/countries using coding and mapping tools
  • How psychological factors such as stress, anxiety and worry impact upon wellbeing and health
  • Community-based service evaluations
    The innovation, and evidence-based evaluation, of e-mental health resources (i.e. online and technology based mental health interventions and support services).