Mind invests a significant amount of money in research and evaluation; this work being important to the provision of high quality services and the generation of evidence supporting policy and system reform.

Our Research and Evaluation team is leading the work to embed outcome measures in our service system which will help us know the impact of our services. The team also leads research activities supporting policy advocacy and system reform.

We aim to work in partnership with consumers and carers, academics, peak bodies and other services so we can be sure our research addresses issues that make a difference to people’s experience of the service system and their lives.

We have had a major partnership with the Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne for six years where we funded a Principal Research Fellowship, held by Dr Lisa Brophy (she is now at La Trobe University). We also partner with the University of South Australia where we part-fund a lived experience academic position in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. These partnerships have been instrumental in building a culture of research and evidence at Mind.

We also commission research, evaluation, and policy projects with other universities and specialist consultancies. Dr Sarah Pollock, our Executive Director-Research and Advocacy provides strategic leadership across all research and advocacy activities. Research and Evaluation Manager Dr Elise Davis manages our Research portfolio. 

View our current research projects and our published research.
 
For more information about our research program, contact Dr Elise Davis, Research and Evaluation Manager, elise.davis@mindaustralia.org.au 

Current research projects

Current research projects

Trajectories: The interplay between mental health and housing pathways

Mind and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute have partnered with other mental health and housing service providers in an exciting new research project. A national study, Trajectories will undertake a series of 13 consultations across Australia with people with lived experience of mental ill-health, and seven consultations with service practitioners. These consultations, along with discussions with service providers, will provide a comprehensive understanding of mental health and housing pathways and system failure points. The aim is to identify potential points of practical intervention and key issues for system improvement. 

To find out more visit the Trajectories website.


Young carers

The Young Carers project aims to understand more about the experience of young people who care for family members and close friends who have mental illness in regards to the impact of caring on their education. Peer researchers will be interviewing a number of young carers. The family member or friend, and the young person's nominated teacher will also be invited to share their experiences.  The aim of the research is to understand more about the possible supports and adjustments that could improve engagement with education. 

Sometimes young people carry out caring related tasks but may not choose to define themselves as young carers, or do not see their activities as 'caring'. They may also hide their caring, fearing the family will be broken up if people realise the parent is requiring care, through loyalty or to avoid stigma.  

In spite of the oft noted concern with 'hidden carers', much of the research to date has used convenience sampling, drawing participants from carer organisations and talking to young carers who identify as such. These are therefore not really 'hidden'. For this research, we will instead take a COPMI perspective (Children with a Parent with a Mental Illness). That is we will talk to young people whose parents live with a mental illness.  They will have varying levels of caring duties; some none and some a lot. Some will see themselves as 'young carers' and some not.

Research projects in partnership

In addition to the work that we are leading, we are a partner on the following research projects:

Quitlink

Quitlink is a randomised control trial being led by the University of Newcastle to better understand the support needs of people with mental health issues who want to cut down or quit smoking. Recruitment for the project is across both St Vincents and Mind with the aim of recruiting 382 participants across the two sites. What is unique about this project is the combination of peer support, nicotine replacement therapy and quitline counselling support.


Peers in Emergency Departments

The University of Melbourne and Mind received a grant from the Melbourne Social Equity Institute (MSEI) to develop a model of peer support in hospital emergency departments. The funding covers the work of a peer researcher and was extended to include a PhD candidate who also has a lived experience. The model has been developed and is now being refined. A training package for the peers has been developed and is under review. 

Published research

Published research

As with all our research projects, findings will be used to improve the quality of our services and to support our policy advocacy and system reform work. Where appropriate, they will also be used to influence attitudes towards people with serious mental ill-health among policy makers and the wider community.

For more information on our published research, please contact Elise Davis, Manager Research and Evaluation at elise.davis@mindaustralia.org.au

How to get involved in research at Mind

How to get involved in research at Mind

Undertaking research with consumers, families, carers and staff at Mind

If you would like to partner with us on research, please contact our Research and Evaluation Manager, Dr Elise Davis to discuss further on (03) 9455 7041.

If you would like Mind to assist you with your research and advertise your study to our consumers, their families and carers or staff, please fill out the form below and send with relevant attachments to Dr Elise Davis: elise.davis@mindaustralia.org.au. The Research and Evaluation team will meet to discuss your proposal and you will be advised of the outcome.  

Participate in current research activities

We are currently recruiting for participants in various research studies. Contact Nadine Cock on Nadine.cock@mindaustralia.org.au for more information

Our evidence base

This is the research and thinking around recovery oriented practice that informs our work.