Current research underway
The following is a list of Mind research and evaluation projects that are currently under way.
As with all our research projects, findings will be used to improve the quality of our services. Where appropriate, they will also be used to influence attitudes towards people with serious mental ill-health among policy makers and the wider community.
Understanding people with psychosocial disability as choice-makers in the context of NDIS - Choice and control are central to the design of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). However, the application of choice for people with psychosocial disability remains largely unexamined in the empirical literature. This study explores how people with psychosocial disability make choices in the context of the NDIS, the supports they draw on and their understandings of themselves as choice-makers.
ARC linkage project – This project has been funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage grant scheme and looks at opptions for supported decision-making to enhance the recovery of people with severe mental health problems. It is the first interdisciplinary study to investigate how supported decision-making for people with severe mental health problems can be used to align Australian laws and practice with our international human rights obligations.
Establishing equitable support models for individuals with mental and intellectual impairment/s to engage in consumer transactions - The purpose of the project is to establish equitable support models for individuals with mental and intellectual impairment/s to engage in consumer transactions (e.g. contracts with telcos, banks, utilities and insurance companies etc.). The project aimed to identify the support needs of individuals with mental and intellectual impairment/s in entering consumer contracts; and to identify what service providers can do to address these needs.
PARCS Project - The PARCS Project is a seven-part study that aims to explore the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of Victoria’s adult PARC services. The project is a partnership between academic institutions, Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS), clinical mental health service providers and the Victorian Government.
PULSAR Secondary Care study - The PULSAR Secondary Care study aims to promote and evaluate recovery-oriented practice in specialist mental health services in Victoria.
Self-Management and recovery technology (SMART) project - The SMART project is exploring new ways to use technology to support consumers of mental health services. It includes the development of online resources on self-management and recovery for psychosis; and three studies evaluating the use of technology in different settings. We are currently looking for new participants for all studies.
Vaporising smoking related harms in people with severe and persistent mental illness - A study of the acceptability of vaporised nicotine products for smoking cessation or long-term substitution
Mind program evaluation and capacity building projects
- Mind Recovery CollegeTM evaluation
- Evaluation of Mind Australia’s Peer Recovery Community services implementation
- Investigating the CANSAS as an outcome measure for Mind’s Peer Recovery Communities
- Peninsula Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (Y PARC) evaluation
- Darling Downs Community Care Unit and Gailes Community Care Unit program logic workshops and evaluation planning
- Cairns PARC Scottish recovery inventory
- Mind dual disability capacity building project
Reports and presentations
Take a look at our research reports and presentations.
Published research reports
Mind-commissioned research and research that has been published out of the partnership with the University of Melbourne is the foundation of the evidence base for our work.
You can find Mind's published research reports under the Resources-Our evidence base section of this site.
A colloquium is a meeting where research findings are presented and discussed. Our Mind Colloquium series was developed with VICSERV (the peak body that represents Victoria’s community managed community health services) and The University of Melbourne.
The series covers a wide range of topics, and is open to people who use our services (including families and carers), volunteers, students, consumers and other community mental health support service providers.
If you’d like to know more about the Mind Colloquium series, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
View past Mind Colloquium presentations
Conducting research with Mind
Mind encourages research that focuses on:
- recovery and social inclusion
- partnerships across mental health service systems
- partnerships with other research specialists.
Mind’s Research and Evaluation Committee oversees all of our research and evaluation activity. The committee ensures that such activity is relevant to our values and strategy, and that it has obtained research and ethics approvals (these approvals ensure that everyone involved has their welfare, rights, dignity and safety protected).
Mind's research principles
Any research conducted by Mind must follow these principles:
- Expressing Mind’s purpose: Help people gain better mental health, improve the quality of their lives.
- Being appropriate to Mind and reflecting our organisational priorities (see Mind's Strategy Plan).
- Having people who’ve used mental health services and their family, carers and service staff as active participants and giving them opportunities to lead research.
Mind's research themes
Mind has identified the following nine key research themes:
- innovation in recovery and social inclusion
- care coordination
- peer support
- trauma-informed practice
- family and carer-sensitive practice
- vocation and employment
- the mental health workforce
- physical health.
All Mind research must be approved by our Research and Evaluation Committee. This includes evaluation projects involving external consultants or researchers. Evaluation activity that is initiated and conducted internally will generally not require approval by the committee unless it is being conducted as a student project where ethics approval is also being sought or if the relevant service or area manager feels that it requires approval.
Successful applicants must agree to submit progress reports and a final report to the Research and Evaluation Committee. Copies of these are downloadable here:
If you would like to conduct research within Mind please download a research application form.
Please contact Dr Lisa Brophy,the Director of Research for any enquiries regarding completing the application process and forms, committee meeting dates and how its decisions are reached.
Once your application form is ready, please email it to Mind's Executive Director Research and Advocacy, Dr Sarah Pollock at email@example.com