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We share news of our latest research, projects and activities at the Matilda Centre. Browse some of our stories here.

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04 October 2022

MDMA and mood: starting the PhD journey

We sat down with PhD student, Zachary Bryant, to chat about his research in understanding the relationship between MDMA (ecstasy), mental health, and addiction; and the implications for novel psychedelic treatments. Zac also shares some of the items in his 'mental health and well being toolkit' and his love of football.
04 October 2022

Digital intervention engagement: reducing chronic disease risk and improving mental health

We spoke to research fellow Dr Louise Thornton, program lead in digital interventions and engagement at the Matilda Centre about her switch from opera singing to research, generating ideas, and addressing the low adoption and adherence of digital health interventions.
23 September 2022

Positive Action: Science and psychology to support young Australians with climate distress

The Matilda Centre and Net Zero Initiative bring you "Positive Action: Science and psychology to support young Australians with climate distress" to discuss the mental health impacts of climate change, arm young people with practical coping strategies, and discover Net Zero solutions that industry can implement to bring about change.
09 August 2022

Opportunity for young LGBTQ+ people to join a Youth Advisory Committee

The Matilda Centre has a unique opportunity for gender and/or sexuality diverse (LGBTQ+) young people aged 16-20 years to join a Youth Advisory Committee to advise a PhD project.
05 August 2022

Winners announced for the Matilda Viz competition

Meet the winners of the 2022 Matilda Viz competition and learn about the visual data representations they created.

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Medicine and health stories that got people talking in 2022

13 December 2022
These stories have shaped the year. They challenged us, entertained us, educated us, and even changed people's thinking. Discover the vast array of research that dominated the news in 2022.

Call for targeted measures to address pandemic's impact on young people

25 July 2022
A high-powered taskforce led by the Sydney Policy Lab has called for the the federal government to introduce active measures to drive a 'generational catch-up' for young people, who have been disproportionately disadvantaged from the COVID-19 pandemic response.

'Long COVID' presents a major health challenge - how can Australia be prepared?

30 June 2022

Triple vaccination seems to reduce the chance of long COVID - but we still need to prepare for a jump in cases, write researchers at the University of Sydney.

1,037 Australians share priority policy issues for mental health

07 June 2022
University of Sydney researchers surveyed Australians on their mental health experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing insights into what needs to change for an effective mental health system.

Screen time, alcohol & poor sleep for girls: how the pandemic impacts teens

02 June 2022
The first study to comprehensively examine how young people's health behaviours changed over a two-year period encompassing the COVID-19 pandemic finds both pros and cons.

Sydney researchers secure over 12 million clinical trial funding

24 May 2022
Six University of Sydney researchers have been awarded $12.36 million in funding for new health and medical research projects through the NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohorts Scheme.

Maree Teesson to chair national mental health expert panel

05 April 2022
Director of the Matilda Centre, Professor Maree Teesson AC will chair an expert advisory panel that will guide Australia's future roadmap in mental health research.

Innovative mental health grants awarded to Sydney Researchers

17 January 2022
Two Sydney research teams were awarded over $3 million by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) under the Australian Government's Innovative Therapies for Mental Illness Grant.

26 books you should read this summer

20 December 2021
What will you be reading this summer break? Our experts share their favourite reads from 2021. These are the books they couldn't put down, the unexpected comforts during the pandemic, the deep fascinating reads late at night and the much-loved books they reread.

Lift in restrictions: Sydney experts on what we can expect

07 October 2021
Experts in health, psychology and pandemic modelling comment on what Australians can expect as the nation emerges from pandemic restrictions.

Understanding mental health

29 September 2021

This Mental Health Month discover the inspiring mental health research being undertaken across the University and access our mental health resources to inform yourself and others.

Prevention key to addressing mental health, substance use issues

21 September 2021

Research carried out through a partnership between the Matilda Centre, Black Dog Institute and Everymind finds a nationally coordinated and long-term approach is required for prevention research and implementation.

Civic engagement strongest in young from culturally diverse families

02 September 2021
Civic engagement - one of the Sydney Policy Lab's guiding principles - is higher in people from younger, multicultural backgrounds, a new poll shows.

Anxiety and alcohol program reaches youth via social media

09 August 2021

New program reduces anxiety and problem drinking by reaching youth via digital media - where they spend much of their time

Advice for students sitting the HSC

20 October 2020
University of Sydney experts offer advice to the class of 2020 sitting their HSC exams this year.