Priority Research Centre for
BRAIN AND MENTAL HEALTH

Research

The CBMHR provides leadership in the integration of basic science and clinical research, to foster the transfer of discoveries from ‘bench to bedside’, and allow clinical questions to drive the focus of basic research. Clinical translation and innovation are the cornerstones of transformative technology and practices, generating both economic and social benefits.


Mental health related problems account for 26% of lost work time ‐ the highest of all disease groups (WHO, 2012). Unaddressed mental health problems are estimated to cost Australian workplaces and industries almost $11b dollars per annum, a cost that increases to $20b when lost workforce participation is included (beyondblue ‐PwC). Globally, there is a substantial unmet need for mental health care even though research indicatessubstantial return on investment for mental health programs. Research that better understands the biological, psychological, and social processes that contribute to mental health problems can inform interventions that prevent the disability associated with existing brain and mental health conditions. Population health and service interventions, supported by a mechanistic understanding of brain and mental health conditions, will generate significant economic and social benefit, particularly in e‐health innovations, preventive interventions; reducing disability and related costs; improving efficiency of health services; improving quality of health service for mental health and related problems.


The CBMHR houses a substantial program of community intervention (e.g. through CRRMH and Centre for Resources Health and Safety) creating scope for social and community benefits – improving wellbeing, overcoming barriers to accessing care for mental health conditions – as well as economic benefits such as improved productivity and participation. The CBMHR has been a crucial driver for community engagement by convening community/public forums to raise awareness of the CBMHR’s research, and to discuss important neurological and mental health problems. These forums have provided information to improve health and encourage community participation and support for both basic and clinical research programs.


CBMHR research is broadly categorised into three administrative hubs: Preclinical Neurobiology, Psychological Processes and Mental Health. Please follow the links for further information on each hub and its members.