Mental illness is a common source of disability in our communities. In Australia alone, it is estimated that 45 percent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
We conduct life-saving research in a number of mental illnesses – from discovering the different factors that contribute to mental illness to developing new drugs for treatment.
We're also creating innovative new ways to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Mental health awareness is vital for improving the wellbeing of our communities. Better understanding and further education of what mental illness is, how it can be prevented and treated and how it’s linked to our health will help reduce this stigma and lead to more people seeking help.
By bringing together experts from a number of schools and centres, the Faculty of Medicine and Health is able to take a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to mental health and neuroscience research. Find out about some of the work we're undertaking across the faculty:
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Neuroscience is one of the largest and most active areas of scientific research worldwide. This is strongly reflected in the diverse, multidisciplinary group of neuroscience researchers within the School of Medical Sciences.
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Nurses are the largest professional group in the mental health workforce, which places them at the forefront of improving and providing effective mental health care.
We work with clients, their families, nurses, psychologists and other services to conduct research that will support recovery from mental health disorders.
In collaboration with national and international researchers and industry partners, our research is focused on three key areas of health policy and research priority:
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Drugs play a major part in the treatment of mental illness, giving pharmacists the potential to play a significant role in delivering treatment and services to mental health patients.
The aim of our mental health research is to develop treatment for neurological diseases and increase the diversity of agents to investigate potential receptors and targets in treatment.
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We aim to improve the situation for people with mental ill-health in Australia and our nearest regions, so they can experience active and meaningful lives as fully included members of the community. We achieve this objective by undertaking research that focuses on individual needs, by listening to people and learning from best practice.
We strongly value individuals and collaborate with people with mental ill-health to co-create research and develop high-quality research evidence which reflects their experiences. Our researchers are strongly connected to practitioners and policymakers working to make change and develop better service responses to meet individual needs.
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