Mental Health

Research Overview

The Mental Health Research Program aims to optimise person-centred mental health that enhances physical and mental well-being. Headed by internationally recognised academic GP, Professor Jane Gunn, the research spans over 15 years of primary care led depression research as shown in the figure below. Comprised of a multidisciplinary group of researchers, this leading program has engaged more than 500 general practitioners and 10,000 patients in clinical and health services research.

Current research focuses on:

  • Testing a clinical prediction tool to identify risk of depression and tailor treatments
  • Developing evidence-based interventions for mental health system re-design in the primary care setting
  • Documenting the recovery experiences and physical health of people with severe mental illness
  • Testing a clinical support tool for GPs and patients to make timely decisions about when and how to cease antidepressant use
  • Innovations in technologies for mental health care
  • E-mental health implementation in the primary care setting
  • Co-design/co-production implementation in mental health services

The Program is part of a vibrant culture of collaboration and exchange through the Department’s Visiting Academic program that hosts visitors from around Australia and internationally from Europe, the UK and North America. In recent years the Program has hosted and mentored 7 international postdoctoral research fellows including:

  • Dr Markus Haun (2016) Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany;
  • Dr Christine Ladegaard Geyti (2016) University of Aarhus, Denmark;
  • Dr Caroline Wachtler (2014-2015) Karolinska Institute, Sweden;
  • Dr Marjorie Johnston (2014) University of Aberdeen, Scotland;
  • Dr Lauralie Richards (2013-2015) University of Montreal, Canada;
  • Dr Gilles Ambresin, (2011-2013) University of Lausanne, Switzerland;
  • Dr Jennifer Terpstra, (2011) University of British Columbia, Canada.

Staff

Professor Jane Gunn (Head of Research Program) - Department of General Practice

Dr Patty Chondros (Biostatistician) - Department of General Practice

Ms Amy Coe (Research Assistant) - Department of General Practice

Dr Sandra Davidson (Senior Research Fellow) - Department of General Practice

Ms Konstancja Densley (Data Manager) - Department of General Practice

Dr Susie Fletcher (Research Fellow) - Department of General Practice

Ms Kali Godbee (Research Assistant) - Department of General Practice

Dr Caroline Johnson (Research Fellow) - Department of General Practice

Ms Roxanne Kritharidis (Project Officer) - Department of General Practice

Dr Victoria Palmer (Senior Research Fellow, Deputy Head of Research Program) - Department of General

Ms Maria Potiriadis (Research Program Coordinator) - Department of General Practice

Ms Anna Wood (Research Fellow) - Department of General Practice

Collaborators

Australian Collaborations

  • Deakin University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of New South Wales
  • Orygen
  • Lifeline
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Black Dog
  • Tandem - representing Victorian mental health carers
  • Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
  • Australian Taxi Industry Association

International Collaborations

  • Kent State University
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Liverpool
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • University of Lausanne
  • Karolinska Institute
  • McGill University
  • The Hearth Centre

Funding

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Commonwealth Department of Health

Mental Illness Research Fund and the Psychiatric Illness an Intellectual Disability Donations Trust Fund

Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI)

Melbourne Social Equity Institute

Shepherd Foundation

Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd (TGL)/RACGP

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.