Mental health

Mental Health in the School of Public Health incorporates research into risk factors, prevalence, burden and outcomes of mental disorders, as well as research and into the policy and services needed to reduce the population burden of these disorders. The School is affiliated with the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR).

QCMHR Research Groups

The team, led by Alize Ferrari, produces the mental disorder estimates for over 190 countries used in the annual Global Burden of Disease Study published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington. The team works on developing methods to improve the precision by which the risk of developing mental disorders factors and burden of mental disorders can be measured.

The team, led by James Scott, undertakes research into prevention of mental disorders, specifically modifiable environmental risk factors, neuroimmunology research into the interplay between the nervous system and the immune system, and clinical trials evaluating innovative treatments for young people with psychosis.

The team, led by Holly Erskine, working with James Scott and his child and youth mental health group at QCMHR, undertakes population surveys of risk factors and adolescent mental disorder prevalence, specifically in low and middle-income countries, and evaluates of youth mental health services.

The team, led by Philip Burgess and Meredith Harris, undertakes the analysis and reporting for the Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN), to support the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection as part of routine clinical mental health practice in Australia.

The team, led by Sandra Diminic, is undertaking the development of Australia’s National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF) and provides training in the use of NMHSPF planning tool to all Primary Health Care Networks and to state and territory mental health services.