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Mind is committed to supporting research. It helps us provide high quality services to our clients.

Research at Mind

Mind is committed to supporting research because it helps us provide better services to our clients. It helps us improve the way we work as we strive to provide high quality services based on the evidence of what works. An active program of research and evaluation activities highlights our commitment to improving the quality and effectiveness of our services.

NDIS conference research presentation

Dr Lisa Brophy, Mind’s Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne presented at the Integrating Mental Health into the NDIS conference in Sydney. Dr Brophy presented her research, commissioned by Mind Australia, People making choices: The support needs and preferences of people with psychosocial disability.

To download the full research report click here

To download Dr Brophy's presentation click here 

The Research and Evaluation Framework

The Mind Research and Evaluation Framework, was launched by Mary Wooldridge MP, Minister for Mental Health, Women's Affairs and Community Services, in November 2011. The Framework represents the partnership between The University of Melbourne (http://www.healthprograms.unimelb.edu.au/) and Mind Australia. It provides an overview of Mind's research priorities.  In brief, Mind will encourage research activity that focuses on:

  • recovery and Social Inclusion 
  • partnerships across mental health service systems 
  • partnership with other research specialists.

Mind encourages and supports research and evaluation activities across a variety of our services. 

Undertaking research in Mind

To undertake a research or an evaluation Project in Mind, a project needs to be approved by the Mind Research and Evaluation Committee. The Research and Evaluation Committee is not an ethics committee but requires approval being given by fully constituted ethics committees, such as at a university or hospital. Research and evaluation in Mind needs to be consistent with the National Guidelines.  

Please click here to complete an on-line application

or click here to download the form as a Word document.

Research undertaken in Mind  

People Making Choices: The Support Needs of People with a Psychosocial Disability

Improved health, economic security, more social connections, safe housing and closer ties with families and intimate relationships are the priorities for people living with a psychosocial disability.

This research report, People Making Choices, was undertaken in Victoria’s Barwon region as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme pilot project and  was commissioned by Mind Australia. It was conducted with the Centre for Mental Health, the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, the University of Melbourne and the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University.

Download the summary report, People Making Choices: The Support Needs and Preferences of People with a Psychosocial Disability.


The Trauma and Homelessness Initiative (THI)

The Trauma and Homelessness Initative (THI) is a partnership between the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and four homelessness service providers: Mind Australia, Sacred Heart Mission (SHM), Inner South Community Health (ISCH), and VincentCare Victoria.  The importance of understanding the impact of trauma is increasingly recognised amongst services working with people who experience homelessness. The initiative involved a series of four studies designed to investigate the nature of the relationship between trauma and homelessness, with each study building on the findings of the last.

Several key documents have been produced and are now available for download:

A literature review was also undertaken and is available here:  The Nature of the Relationship between Traumatic Events in People’s Lives and Homelessness.


Community Treatment Orders in the context of Recovery

Jennifer Buchanan undertook a research project for her Masters in Social Work at Mind Australia and investigated the issue of “Community Treatment Orders in the context of recovery”. Jennifer successfully completed her project (and her degree) and recently co-presented the project with her supervisor, Lisa Brophy, at the Mental Health Services Conference (TheMHS 2013). Jennifer was also supervised by A/Prof Lynette Joubert. Click here for a copy of her presentation. 

The Prevention and Recovery Care Exit Surveys

These two reports outline the process and outcomes of exit surveys conducted at Mind Australia Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) services. The first report, 2012, was written by Dr Lisa Brophy and Michael Loh, Services Development Manager at Mind. The second, 2013, was written by Melanie Wray, Social Work Student, University of Melbourne, Dr Lisa Brophy and Michael Loh, Manager Learning and Development at Mind.

Click here to download a copy of the 2012 report.

Click here to download a copy of the 2013 report.


Using outcome measures in MInd Australia: a discussion paper

Mind Australia has a commitment to examining the quality and effectiveness of its services, and outcome measurement provides an important contribution to this commitment. Dr Lisa Brophy, Mind’s Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, has led the preparation of a discussion paper on outcome measurement available at the link below.

The purpose of the discussion paper is to explore key issues in outcome measurement for the community based mental health support sector generally and for Mind specifically.  The discussion paper seeks to shape the future directions for outcome measurement in the context of Mind’s ongoing focus on supporting recovery and wellbeing. The Mind Executive has endorsed a number of specific recommendations arising from the paper. The next steps will include establishing an advisory group (chaired by the Director of Research) to guide the development of Mind’s policy on outcome measurement. This advisory group will lead the development of an implementation plan to embed outcome measurement throughout the organisation.

Click here to download a copy of the report.

Are we recovery oriented? an Australian encounter of learning from people with lived experiences

This book chapter in Community Research for participation: from theory to method edited by Lisa Goodson and Jenny Phillimore, describes the experience of community researchers as active participants in the evaluation of an innovative model of service delivery, the Adult Mental Health Initiatives: a collaboration between St Vincent's Mental Health and Mind Australia.  Written by Liam Buckley, Nadine Cocks, Matthew Scott, Michael Stylianou, Lisa Brophy, Jayne Lewis, Kieran Halloran and Melissa Petrakis, and published by Policy Press. Click on the image of the cover to download information about ordering the book.

Cover of book Community Research

Supporting Social Inclusion in community gardening: the role of occupational environment

Researcher: Elise Whatley, La Trobe University

This study explored the participation of mental health support workers, people living with mental health challenges (participants), and volunteers in the occupation of community gardening and factors that helped or hindered participation and inclusion. The setting for the study was Mind Sprout in Thornbury Victoria.

Psychological Growth in Carers of People with Mental Illness

Researcher: Zafiroula Vlahodimitrakou, University of Ballarat

The research project aimed to identify whether positive psychological changes, referred to as psychological growth (for example gaining personal strength), occur for carers and family members of people with mental illness. For more information click here.


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