Overview

The UQ Mental Health in Climate Change Transdisciplinary Research Network (UQ MHCC-TRN) was established in 2019 to respond to growing needs of government and industry for an evidence base that support the implementation of intervention, tools, and policies.

The Network specialises in mental health for communities that are impacted by climate change events. Its focus is on research, evidence, and solutions.

Network members include field experts as well as academic experts from various research disciplines who collaborate in research activities and harness transdisciplinary expertise. Headquartered in Queensland, Australia, our membership base is of national and international reach.

General enquiries

Mental Health in Climate Change Network
School of Public Health, UQ
Email:mentalhealth-climatechange@uq.edu.au


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Why we exist

The UQ Mental Health in Climate Change Transdisciplinary Research Network (UQ MHCC-TRN) is the first network of its kind in Australia. Its vision is to secure the mental health of rural and regional communities in a rapidly changing climate.

Our five-year-plan is to:

  • Build a strong network of motivated and involved members from across the globe
  • Establish a national and international research agenda agreed by members
  • Contribute to successful completion of research through linking field experts with academic experts
  • Contribute to the development of practical tools that can be used on the ground to support planning, service delivery, and mental health interventions

Journal articles

Climate change impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of young people: A scoping review of risk and protective factors

Ma, Tianyi, Moore, Jane and Cleary Anne (2022). Climate change impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of young people: a scoping review of risk and protective factors. Social Science and Medicine 114888, 114888. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.114888

A social–ecological perspective on climate anxiety in children and adolescents

Crandon, Tara J., Scott, James G., Charlson, Fiona J. and Thomas, Hannah J. (2022). A social–ecological perspective on climate anxiety in children and adolescents. Nature Climate Change. doi: 10.1038/s41558-021-01251-y

Global priorities for climate change and mental health research

Charlson, Fiona, Ali, Suhailah, Augustinavicius, Jura, Benmarhnia, Tarik, Birch, Stephen, Clayton, Susan, Fielding, Kelly, Jones, Lynne, Juma, Damian, Snider, Leslie, Ugo, Victor, Zeitz, Lian, Jayawardana, Danusha, La Nauze, Andrea and Massazza, Alessandro (2022). Global priorities for climate change and mental health research. Environment International, 158 106984. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106984

Charlson, Fiona, Ali, Suhailah, Benmarhnia, Tarik, Pearl, Madeleine, Massazza, Alessandro, Augustinavicius, Jura and Scott, James G. (2021). Climate change and mental health: a scoping review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (9) 4486, 1-38. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18094486

Understanding and responding to climate-driven non-economic loss and damage in the Pacific Islands

McNamara KE, Westoby R, Clissold R and Chandra A (2021) ‘Understanding and responding to climate-driven non-economic loss and damage in the Pacific Islands’, Climate Risk Management, 33, 100336, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crm.2021.100336

Ali, Suhailah, Williams, Owain, Chang, Odille, Shidhaye, Rahul, Hunter, Ernest and Charlson, Fiona (2020). Mental health in the Pacific: Urgency and opportunity. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 61 (3) apv.12286, 537-550. doi: 10.1111/apv.12286

Climate change impacts on health in remote indigenous communities in Australia

Hall, Nina Lansbury and Crosby, Lucy (2020). Climate change impacts on health in remote indigenous communities in Australia. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/09603123.2020.1777948

Responding to climate change disaster: The case of 2019/2020 bushfires in Australia

Jetten, J., Fielding, K., Crimston, C., Mols, F., & Haslam, S.A. (2020). Responding to climate change disaster: The case of 2019/2020 bushfires in Australia. Revised manuscript submitted to European Psychologist, 26(3), 161-171.

 

Book chapters

Mass emotional events: rethinking emotional contagions after COVID-19

McKenzie, Jordan, Patulny, Roger, Olson, Rebecca E. and Bower, Marlee (2022). Mass emotional events: rethinking emotional contagions after COVID-19. Dystopian emotions: emotional landscapes and dark futures (pp. 71-88) edited by Jordan McKenzie and Roger Patulny. Bristol, United Kingdom: Bristol University Press. 

 

Other outputs

How to heal in the Anthropocene

Clissold R, Westoby R and McNamara KE (2021) ‘How to heal in the Anthropocene’, BBC, 22 April, https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210420-mental-health-healing-the-trauma-of-climate-change

Non-economic loss and damage: insights from the Pacific Islands

Clissold R, McNamara KE, Westoby R and Chandra A (2021) ‘Non-economic loss and damage: insights from the Pacific Islands’, Climate Analytics, 23 September, https://climateanalytics.org/blog/2021/non-economic-loss-and-damage-insights-from-the-pacific-islands/

Members

PhD Students

  • Tara Crandon

    Psychologist, PhD Student
    Primary Supervisor: Dr Hannah Thomas. Co-supervisors: Professor James Scott and Associate Professor Fiona Charlson
  • Renuka Bhoge

    PhD Student
    Supervisor: Dr Sara Alidoust, Associate Supervisor: Dr Anne Cleary
  • Monika Walia

    PhD Student
    Supervisor: Dr Anne Cleary
  • Gabriela Stilita

    Clinical Psychologist, PhD Student
    Primary Supervisor:  Associate Professor Fiona Charlson

Steering Committee

 

Past Events

Webinar: Working together to solve the mental health impacts of climate change (14 June 2022)

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Supporting Young People to cope with climate anxiety (30 June 2022)

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Upcoming Events with Network participation

My Climate Action: Mental Resilience and Health, hosted by The United Nations Association of Australia Young Professionals.

1 September 2022, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. AEST

Featuring Associate Professor Fiona Charlson and PhD Candidate Tara Crandon

Details and registration here.

Webinars - Coming Soon

Future webinar dates will be announced soon. Please subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed.

Topics will include:

  • Using Systems Dynamics Modelling to inform targeted interventions 
  • Mental Health in Climate Change Policy Review
  • Mapping Interventions in Mental Health and Climate Change
  • Mental Health in Climate Change, a Social Science perspective

Expression of Interest - Field Outreach Team Member, Australian Red Cross

Australian Red Cross is looking for Field Outreach members to join their team for a short-term project. Gain field experience with the Red Cross Emergency Services to support people and communities. View role description and submit your expression of interest here

Note: all enquiries must be sent to the contact number provided in the attached document.