Mental Health Policy and Practice

Research Overview

The Mental Health Policy and Practice Unit aims to influence policy and practice in Australia and overseas. Our Unit is well known for its evaluations of large-scale mental health programs, and its studies of more specific interventions. We have a particular focus on suicide and have undertaken a range of epidemiological studies of patterns of suicidal behaviour (e.g., examining suicide clusters and hotspots) and have tested novel suicide prevention solutions. We have pioneered research on the media’s influence on suicidal behaviour, beginning by examining the negative impacts of irresponsible reporting of suicide, and more recently shifting our attention to examining ways in which the media – in all its forms – can be used as a force for good in suicide prevention.

Centre for Mental Health and Community Wellbeing contact details

Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street
The University of Melbourne
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Victoria, 3010, Australia

Tel: +61 3 8344 0908


Professor Jane Pirkis (Unit Head)
Dr Karl Andriessen
Dr Vikas Arya
Prof Rohan Borschmann
Dr Bridget Bassillios
Dr Lucas Calais Ferreira
Ms Clare Chiminello
Dr Dianne Currier
Tess Cutler
Georgia Dempster
Justine Fletcher
Dr Maria Ftanou
Tess Hall
Dr Karolina Krysinska
Robert Lukins
Dr Angela Nicholas
Dr Lennart Reifels
Simone Scotti Requena
Michelle Williamson