Established in 2018, the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use aims to generate innovative and workable solutions to address substance use and mental disorders, which are currently the leading global causes of burden and disease in young people.
We work closely with research collaborators to share skills, synergise data and harness new technologies to develop and trial innovative prevention and early-intervention programs for co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.
Our people are leading Australian and international researchers in addiction, mental health and youth health and our work builds dynamic, creative and global collaborations.
We invite those who share our mission to find workable solutions to prevent and treat comorbid mental health and substance use disorders to contact us.
As leaders in our fields, we are proud to be educating a new generation of researchers, practitioners and teachers so that they too can think differently about substance use and mental health disorders.
We offer a range of opportunities for research students and early career researchers to study or work with us and receive mentorship from our internationally recognised researchers.
We also offer a range of training programs and resources for clinicians, school staff, families and the community to facilitate knowledge exchange around mental health and substance use, with the aim of improving support and changing lives.
Join us in our mission to help youth across the globe who are struggling with substance use or mental health by getting in touch.
More than $3million in funding has been awarded to two Matilda Centre academics for projects on unifying prevention of substance use and mental disorders; and treatment of child and adolescent trauma.
Roughly 40% of people have experienced childhood adversity and subsequently, have a substantially greater risk of developing substance use problems than those who have not had these experiences. Matilda Centre PhD candidate, Lucy Grummitt, is currently investigating why these exposures may cause substance use problems to inform the next stage of her work in substance use prevention.
The Matilda Centre has awarded a third round of PREMISE Career Development Support Grants, providing support for career development activities for early to mid-career researchers or research students.
An upcoming trial provides an exciting opportunity for 24 Australian high schools to be among the first to implement a new, culturally inclusive, school-based, drug and alcohol program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and non-Indigenous students.
Researchers at the Matilda Centre conducted a needs assessment to help us better understand and address the unmet needs of people with problematic alcohol use and comorbid depression when making decisions about early intervention and treatments.