The Pyschosocial Research Centre (PRC) is an integral part of North West Area Mental Health Service and is committed to research, education and training, policy and practice development that will improve the wellbeing of people with mental illness and their families. PRC focuses on psychosocial approaches to prevention, treatment and recovery, involving consumers and their families; increasing community participation and improving economic outcomes for people affected by mental illness. The work of PRC is in areas that have historically been neglected by mainstream psychiatry, but which continue to have a great impact on the life of the person experiencing mental illness.
The aim of the Psychosocial Research Centre is to collaborate with consumers, their families, practitioners, managers, policy makers, academics and other stakeholders in the wider community in order to:
- Engage the perspectives of consumers, carers and advocates in the development of psychosocial policy, practice and research;
- Develop innovative psychosocial recovery programs and promote the expansion of pre-existing projects with successful outcomes;
- Undertake and encourage research and evaluation of psychosocial approaches to mental health;
- Build and disseminate the knowledge base of excellence in psychosocial practice;
- Deliver education and training to enable mental health services to implement psychosocial approaches;
- Develop policy that supports and promotes best practice in psychosocial mental health.
The Vision of the Psychosocial Research Centre is to generate and foster innovative, practice based psychosocial research, education and training, policy and practice development that will improve the wellbeing of people living with mental illness and the benefit of their families.
Professor Carol Harvey, Director
Professor Carol Harvey holds a joint appointment between the University of Melbourne and North Western Mental Health. She was awarded MD by the University of Melbourne in 2007 and has been appointed as a "Fellow of the Melbourne Medical School Academy of Clinical Teachers" in recognition of contribution and leadership. Carol Harvey is an authority on a wide range of psychosocial interventions, including family psycho education, supported employment and approaches to social re-engagement, in recovery focused treatment services. She is highly experienced in the training, implementation and evaluation of these interventions, and was an investigator in the 2010 Australian national survey of psychosis (Survey of High Impact Psychosis, SHIP).
If we realize the full potential of psychosocial treatments in routine mental health care, this will help consumers greatly in achieving fuller recovery and becoming more active citizens. This will transform consumers' lives, as well as those of their families. Professor Carol Harvey, Director, Psychosocial Research Centre