Funded in 2012 by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the overarching goal of the Centre for Research Excellence in Evidence-based Mental Health Planning is to design a model mental health service system for Australia that would optimally reduce the burden of mental disorders, a detailed analysis of how the model differs from the existing service system, with the identification of policy instruments and a knowledge transfer strategy describing how policy and services need to be changed to move from the existing system to the model system. A program of work will be conducted to reach this goal, while delivering scientific advances and building research capacity in:

  1. Priority setting for cost-effective mental health interventions and service platforms
  2. Mental health system planning to maximize the delivery of evidence based services
  3. Translation of evidence-based service system planning into policy

The CRE brings together leading research academics and mental health experts from five Australian universities (The University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, University of Melbourne, Deakin University and University of Wollongong), health departments (Commonwealth, New South Wales, Queensland) and international collaboration with the University of Washington, USA, and King’s College, London UK.

The research team includes a PhD scholar, Kristel Alla.

Project members

Professor Harvey Whiteford

Professor of Population Mental Hlth
School of Public Health

Dr Meredith Harris

Senior Research Fellow
School of Public Health

Dr Carla Meurk

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Public Health
Affiliate Research Fellow
Centre for Youth Substance Abuse
Sessional Lecturer
School of Social Science

Mr Yong Yi Lee

Research Officer
School of Public Health

Ms Sandra Diminic

Adjunct Fellow
School of Public Health

Dr Amanda Baxter

Academic Title-Senior Lecturer
School of Public Health