Population Mental Health

Research Overview

The aims of the Population Mental Health Group are to:

  • Conduct research on what actions members of the community can take to prevent and intervene early with mental disorders
  • Translate the findings from this research into practical interventions that empower the whole community to take action, and
  • Train researchers in this area

The Population Mental Health Group has a close link with Mental Health First Aid Australia, a not-for-profit agency translating research findings into practical action. Together with Betty Kitchener (an educator), Professor Anthony Jorm was responsible for developing the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course, which equips the public to assist a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis (e.g., they are suicidal). In 2011, Anthony and Betty set up the not-for-profit organisation Mental Health First Aid International to disseminate MHFA training. Anthony has been the Chair of the Board of this organisation since its inception.

Centre for Mental Health contact details

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

Tel: +61 3 83440908
Email: CMH-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au


Prof Nicola Reavley (Unit Head & Deputy Director, Centre for Mental Health) 
Dr Maddy Fernando
Julie-Anne Fischer
Karen Gregg
Maxine Gross 
Dr Laura Hart
Catherine Johnson
Prof Anthony Jorm
Dr Amy Morgan
Dr Sanne Oostermeijer
Anna Ross
Dr Berhe Sahle
Judith Wright