Mental health


Mental health research at Sydney Nursing School is aimed at understanding and improving the experience of mental health, illness and service delivery for mental health consumers and their family/carers; and translating research knowledge into effective mental health practice.

As the largest professional group in the mental health workforce nurses are well placed to lead the way in improving and providing effective mental health care. We work with nurses, psychologists, and mental health clients conducting research that will assist in the support and recovery from mental health disorders.

In early 2016, Sydney Nursing School Professor Niels Buus was formally appointed as St Vincent’s Chair of Mental Health Nursing. The position will support the development of new models of mental health care across St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney, St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Sydney.

In collaboration with national and international researchers and industry partners our program of research is focused in three key areas of health policy and research priority:

  • Prevention and early intervention with at-risk groups (eg children and families living with mental illness)
  • Preventing and/or managing co-associated physical and mental health/illness (eg physical health of people with mental illness)
  • Developing the capacity of the health workforce (eg building capacity to manage challenging interpersonal health care situations).

Our research

Mental illness and recovery

Mr Toby Raeburn's research investigates personal recovery models for people with chronic and severe mental illness.