Mental Health


​Each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience symptoms of a mental illness. Furthermore, mental illness is now the leading cause of disability in Australia.

To target this rapidly growing national health concern, mental health research at the Institute spans many disciplines including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, refugee health as well as behavioural conditions and childhood psychiatry.  

Vital research investigating a number of childhood disorders including tourette syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism is also being conducted in order to develop new treatments and intervention models to help sufferers and their families cope. A key development for the research team has been the introduction of a new play-based intervention model called the Early Start Denver Model to help treat preschool children with autism.

  1. Academic Unit of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  2. Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit
  3. Schizophrenia Research Unit