Facts & figures
Since 2018, PREMISE supported and awarded
- 9 First round projects
- 20 Travel grants
- 12 Seed funding grants
- 4 Scholarships
- 4 Lived experience grants
Facts & figures
Directed by Professor Maree Teesson AC with strategic support from Program Director Professor Cath Chapman, the Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Illness and Substance Use Centre of Research Excellence (PREMISE) was funded in 2018 by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.
The objective of the PREMISE Centre of Research Excellence is to provide a world first synergy of the leading prevention and early intervention research and translation programs in mental health and addiction across five Australian universities:
Our vision is that world-class, innovative, evidence-based prevention and early intervention for substance use and mental disorders is available to all young Australians.
The PREMISE and Matilda Centre Youth Advisory Board (YAB) provides input into the governance and research priorities of PREMISE and contribute to specific youth-focused research projects.
The YAB comprises a culturally, linguistically and gender diverse group of 10 members aged 16-25, with representatives from metropolitan, rural, regional and remote areas of Australia. They bring expertise and an interest in mental health and substance use via their own lived experience, that of their families or communities.
The YAB have co-designed a range of resources to support researchers and mental health professionals on how to best engage young people in mental health and substance use research.
Our Youth Engagement Network is made up of young people aged 16 to 25 who are interested in being involved in mental health and substance use research. This network is designed to increase engagement between our researchers and young Australians.
To join the network, simply sign up to the mailing list.
My name is Beau. I'm 22 year old non-binary transmasculine person passionate about all things to do with the health of our physical environment, our personal wellbeing and our societies health.
Much of my passion is derived from the first-hand impact of inherited generational family trauma. I take inspiration in my life from first nations custodians' sacred relationship with land, western psychology, somatic therapy & parts therapy (Internal Family Systems Therapy) and Buddhist philosophy, alongside various other texts + mediums.
In my spare time I make art, garden, enjoy nature, write, connect with friends and play other people's pianos.
My name is Cheryl. I am the current spokesperson for the Youth Advisory Board at PREMISE NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence.
I am passionate about supporting the community, and am always on the lookout for more opportunities to get involved in helping make people’s lives better.
Currently, I have an odd ten or so roles - paid and unpaid -, along with my hobbies in reading and walking.
My name is Kyra, and I am a proud 19 year-old Wiradjuri woman from Maitland, NSW, studying a Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Computer Science and Criminology) at The University of Sydney.
I enjoy hiking, reading, painting, gaming and making a difference where I can.
My name is Tanya Dearle, and I am the co-chair of the PREMISE and Matilda Centre Youth Advisory Board (YAB) at The University of Sydney, Australia, and currently live in the Pilbara Western Australia.
I am passionate and committed to creating change in the mental health industry and hold strong connections to my community, working at the oldest Aboriginal Corporation in the Pilbara. Here I am able to work alongside Aboriginal Elders and fellow members of community who are also passionate about creating opportunities and bettering our knowledge around social and emotional wellbeing.
I currently hold a Bachelor of Criminology and Graduate Certificate of Counselling. Currently I am studying my Master of Counselling, with the hopes to start building the therapeutic intervention and early intervention strategies within my community to help young people be their best possible selves.
My name's Conor; I'm a recent graduate of The University of Sydney, where I completed my honours degree in hoarding disorder. Having studied psychology and volunteered for organisations such as Lifeline, I firmly believe that young people need to be heard in the context of mental health. I'm particularly interested in issues around body image and alcohol abuse among young people.
My name is Jacinta Elemes. I am 20 years old and come from a small town in the central west called Wellington.
I currently work at a community centre as a receptionist and have been here for about a year and a bit. I am currently studying a Certificate III in Business Administrative as well as a Certificate III in Community Services.
I completed my higher school certificate in 2019. I am Aboriginal, my tribe includes Wiradjuri.
My name is Smrithi (she/her)! I am 23 years old and come from a South Indian metropolitan city called Bengaluru. I recently completed my Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at The University of Sydney.
Since I have seen, first-hand, the adverse impacts of generational trauma and mental health difficulties on young people’s wellbeing, I am passionate about improving these issues to the best of my capacity. I joined the PREMISE Youth Advisory Board in July 2021 with the intention of collaborating with a diverse group of individuals on research that is meaningful to all of us.
Quite often, youth involvement in research goes overlooked – so it’s important to me as a young queer POC to advocate for and represent our concerns in a purposeful way.
Kaya, hi, my name is Tahlia-Rae Willcocks. I’m 18 years old, and I am currently in year 12. I am a Noongar and Bardo girl living in Perth. I have a strong interest in educating and learning from people.