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

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08 December 2023

PREMISE 2023: Innovations and achievements in prevention research

In 2023, PREMISE has continued its success, marked by significant collaboration opportunities across institutions and outstanding achievements from our Youth Advisory Board, Consumer Research Group, Early and Mid-Career Researchers, and PhD students.
08 December 2023

Connecting research to the community

As part of our celebrations for the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Matilda Centre at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine and Health, we sat down with five professional staff at the Matilda Centre to share what’s different about working in a research centre.
08 December 2023

Researching a better, healthier future for Australians

High-quality research is the key to what we do at the Matilda Centre. As we enter five years of research excellence at the University of Sydney, we sit down with five academics to discuss their passions and how working at the Matilda Centre has shaped their career.
08 December 2023

Mentors, conferences, and a community

Everyone knows doing a PhD is a huge undertaking. But what is different about doing your PhD at the Matilda Centre? We asked five of our current PhD students in mental health and substance use to share their experience.
18 October 2023

Access mental health and substance use support anywhere with new digital hub

Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle have collaborated to establish digital hub eCliPSE (electronic Clinical Pathways to Service Excellence). We sat down with researcher Dr Louise Thornton to discuss the rollout, mental health and substance use support, and where to join the digital mental health revolution.

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Moving on from COVID means facing its impact on mental health, say experts

09 March 2023
A new review on the global mental health impact of the pandemic confirms feared increases in depression and anxiety, with leading experts saying little has been done to address what is set to become a mounting mental health crisis.

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.

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.

Low level alcohol use during pregnancy can impact child's brain development

25 September 2020
A new study finds any alcohol use during pregnancy, even low levels, is associated with subtle, yet significant behavioural and psychological effects in children including anxiety, depression and poor attention.