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Mind delivers services informed by evidence and consistent with a social model of health.

Conducting research at Mind

The role of the Research and Evaluation Committee is to provide oversight of all research and evaluation activities within the organisation and ensure they are consistent with the values and strategic directions of Mind and have obtained the appropriate research and ethics approvals.

All research activities in Mind need to be approved by the Mind Research and Evaluation Committee. This includes evaluation projects that involve external consultants or researchers. Internally initiated and conducted evaluation activity will generally not require approval by the committee unless this is being conducted as a student project where ethics approval is also being sought or at the discretion of the service or area manager.

If the application to conduct research and evaluation by Mind Australia is approved, you agree to submit progress reports and a final report to the Research and Evaluation Committee.

The Committee meets monthly and is chaired by the Director of Research. Please contact the Director of Research for any enquiries regarding completing this application, meeting dates and committee decision. Email research@mindaustralia.org.au or phone 1300 286 463.

Mind's research and evaluation framework encourages research focused on:

  • recovery and social inclusion
  • partnerships across the mental health service systems
  • partnerships with other research specialists.

Any research conducted in Mind must be consistent with the following underlying principles:

  • Expressing Mind values:
    • consumer focus
    • making a difference
    • integrity
    • hope
    • creativity and innovation.
  • Consistent with the goals in the Mind strategic plan: 
    • consumer recovery supported
    • improving economic and social participation
    • collaborating for better outcomes
    • growing a productive and rewarding organisation.
  • Organisationally appropriate and expressing organisational priorities.
  • Participatory in that consumers, family, carers and staff are active participants and have opportunities to lead research.

Mind has identified nine key research themes: (Not in order of priority)

  1. innovation in recovery and social inclusion
  2. care coordination
  3. housing
  4. peer support
  5. trauma informed practice
  6. family and carer sensitive practice
  7. vocation and employment
  8. workforce
  9. physical health. 
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