CREMSI: NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health Systems Improvement

  • Project Leader

    Professor Jane Gunn
    T: +61 3 8344 4530
    E: j.gunn@unimelb.edu.au
    W: Personal web page

    Location: Department of General Practice, Primary Care Research Unit, 200 Berkeley Street, Carlton Victoria 3053.

Project Details

Funded in 2012, this NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health Systems Improvement (CREMSI) is a five year multi-institutional research collaboration that is researching ways to design a better mental health system for Australia.

Led by Professor Harvey Whiteford (University of Queensland), CREMSI brings together leading Australian experts in mental health care. Working within Stream 2 of the Program (see below), Professor Jane Gunn is head of the Mental Health Research Program, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. Professor Gunn and her research team are contributing expertise from the primary mental health care perspective.

CREMSI is examining the burden caused by mental disorders and how best to reduce this using the full range of prevention and treatment interventions delivered across Australian service settings.

CREMSI is establishing an interconnected evidence base assembled by mental health epidemiologists, health economists, clinicians, health service researchers and planners, health policy analysts and political scientists. CREMSI is working towards developing a sustainable critical mass of expertise across the relevant academic disciplines, institutions, government and industry partners. The program of research comprises three streams:

Stream 1: Interventions and Cost-Effectiveness

The Interventions and Cost-Effectiveness Research Stream is focused on describing population treatment need and gathering information about cost effective interventions and service platforms that would most efficiently reduce the burden of mental and substance use disorders across the service continuum from prevention to rehabilitation.

Stream 2:

Examines how mental health services are currently delivered in Australia and aims to identify gaps, as well as redundancy, in the delivery of services. A key source of data for stream 2 comes from the diamond study, led by Prof Jane Gunn at the Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne. Since 2005, diamond has mapped the receipt of general and mental health services by people who attend primary care. The rich data set captured by diamond enables us to understand how people use the primary care system and how general practitioners treat depression in usual practice.

Stream 3: Evidence into Policy

The Evidence into Policy Research Stream is developing methods for translating the model service system into the policy environment; specifically into identifying the policy instruments governments use and how to impact the policy making processes of government.

For further information visit http://mhsystems.org.au/

Researchers

Professor Jane Gunn, Lead Investigator, Department of General Practice (University of Melbourne)
Dr Sandra Davidson, Department of General Practice (University of Melbourne)

Research Staff from other institutions

Meredith Harris, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Population Health, University of Queensland
Young Yi Lee, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Population Health, University of Queensland
Sandra Diminic, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Population Health, University of Queensland
Carla Meurk, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Population Health,University of Queensland
Amanda Baxter, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Population Health, University of Queensland
Kristel Alla, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Population Health, University of Queensland
Emily Stockings, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales
Mary Lou Chatterton, Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Deakin University
Long Le, Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Deakin University

Collaborators

Professor Harvey Whiteford, Principal Investigator, School of Population Health (University of Queensland)
Professor Louisa Degenhardt, National Drug and Alcohol Resarch Centre (University of NSW)
Professor Jane Pirkis, School of Population and Global Health, (University of Melbourne)
Associate Professor Catherine Mihalopoulos, Deakin Health Economics (Deakin University)
Professor Kathy Eagar, Australian Health Services Research Institute (University of Wollongong)
Professor Gavin Andrews, School of Psychiatry (University of New South Wales)
Professor Brian Head, Institute for Social Science Research (University of Queensland)
Professor Wayne Hall, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (University of Queensland)
Professor George Patton, Centre for Adolescent Health and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, University of Melbourne
Professor Henry Brodaty, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing at the University of New South Wales
Professor Graham Thornicroft, Health Service and Population Research (HSPR) Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London.
Professor Philip Burgess, School of Population Health at The University of Queensland
Dr James Scott, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and former Director of Hospital Services at the Mater Children’s Hospital Child and Youth Mental Health Service in Brisbane
Associate Professor Brett Emmerson, Psychiatrist and Executive Director, Metro North Mental Health in Brisbane
Mr Bill Buckingham, Former Chief Psychologist and State Planning Manager of Victoria’s mental health services
Mr Gavin Stewart, 30 years of experience in research, government, and NGO settings
Professor John Wanna, Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration in the Australia and New Zealand School of Government at the Australian National University
Professor Theo Vos, Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, and former Director of the Centre for Burden of Disease and Cost-Effectiveness in the School of Population Health, University of Queensland

Funding

Funded in 2012 by the National Health and Medical Research Council

Research Publications

Davidson Sandra K, Harris Meredith G, Dowrick Christopher F, Wachtler Caroline A, Pirkis Jane, Gunn Jane M. Mental health interventions and future major depression among primary care patients with subthreshold depression. Journal of affective disorders 2015; 177: 65-73.

Research Group

Mental Health


Research Themes

Neuroscience

Areas of Excellence

Neuroscience and Psychiatry


Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

General Practice