Recovery and Social Justice

Research Overview

The Recovery and Social Justice Unit grew from a partnership between Mind Australia and the Centre for Mental Health which began in January 2011. Mind Australia provided funding for a University position that would fulfil the role of Director of Research within their organisation, in recognition of the need to stimulate and conduct research activity in the community managed mental health support sector that would inform the development of services for people facing serious mental health-related challenges. The funding was initially allocated in January 2011 for a three year period, and then it was extended for a further three years in 2014, and a further three in 2017. In 2018, the Director of Research position was re-named Principal Research Fellow as research activity in Mind Australia expanded internally and externally.

The partnership between the Centre for Mental Health and Mind Australia has enabled A/Professor Lisa Brophy to be employed by the University in an innovative in-reach position that has facilitated a direct connection between Mind Australia and the University, supported the development of other partnerships between the organisation and academics elsewhere, and increased its research capability and capacity.

The volume and profile of this work led to the establishment of the Recovery and Social Justice Unit within the Centre for Mental Health in 2018. Lisa now leads a team with skills in qualitative and quantitative mental health research and program evaluation and expertise in consumer engagement. The team includes researchers with lived experience of mental illness. Its focus is on supporting the recovery and social inclusion of people with serious mental illness. Its projects evaluate services that are designed to support recovery-oriented practice and reduce coercive or restrictive interventions.

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


Associate Professor Lisa Brophy (Unit Head) 
Justine Fletcher