Links to other Research Networks
Special Purpose Research Centres
The following centres focus on either mental health or drug and alcohol issues.
Research Organisations and Institutes identifies a variety of NSW or ACT research centres.
Mental Health Research Centres around Australia were identifed in an appendix of the Queensland Community Mental Health Practice Framework (2012).
Drug and Alcohol Research Centres across Australia are identified in this document compiled by ADCA (Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia) which is the peak, national, non-government organisation representing the interests of the Australian alcohol and other drugs sector. Excerpt from Tips and Tricks for New Players 3rd Edition 2011.
Closing the Gap Website and Clearinghouse This website is a clearinghouse for research and evaluation evidence on what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage. It contains up to date publications and factsheets for downloading.
Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR), is an initiative of National Disability Services (NDS). CADR is focused on better understanding the state of the disability sector through evidence.
Centres of Research Excellence
A new Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Mental Health and Substance Use: Translating Innovative Prevention and Treatment has been established. In November 2012 the NHMRC funded the Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Mental Health and Substance Use to build much needed research capacity in the area of comorbidity.
This CRE represents a world first, bringing together the largest concentration of nationally and internationally recognised comorbidity researchers. Specifically, the CRE brings together leading research academics from four Australian universities (University of New South Wales; University of Newcastle; University of Sydney; and Macquarie University) and three international universities (University of Birmingham, UK; Northwestern University Medical School, USA; and the Medical University of South Carolina, USA).
The CRE aims to generate new research to increase the knowledge base regarding the effective prevention and treatment to comorbid mental health and substance use disorders. These aims will be achieved via three research streams focusing on the prevention, treatment, and epidemiology, of comorbid mental health and substance use disorders. In addition to making the findings of our research available in the scientific literature, an integral component of this CRE is the translation of these research findings into educational curricula, training programs and clinical resources, as well as resources for the general public. See the website www.comorbidity.edu.au
Black Dog Institute Centre of Research Excellence for Improving Suicide Prevention in Australia Through Better Implementation of Effective Interventions, Improved Risk Identification and Evidence Informed Policy. The grant will enable research into the best way to deliver interventions to those at risk, developing a better understanding of the complex pathways that lead to suicide and encouraging help seeking in groups known to be high risk.
University of Queensland Centre of Excellence for Evidence-based Mental Health Planning: Translating Evidence into Policy and Services will look at the best available scientific evidence to determine the right mix of mental health prevention and treatment policies and services for Australia.
Social Policy Research Network (Sydney University)
Designed to provide a way of connecting people from the Faculty of Education and Social Work with other academics from around the University and all those interested in social-policy development. It host seminars, coordinates research proposals and encourages the involvement of new and early-career researchers as well as research students, managers, policy analysts and practitioners.