The Trauma and Mental Health Initiative advances social wellbeing, physical health and justice-based approaches to protect and promote mental and physical health among communities exposed to traumatic stress and adversity.

Our goals

Global mental health and international humanitarian action: Development of models to support clinical supervision of humanitarian mental health and psychosocial workers via partnership with clinicians in high income settings.

Wellbeing of people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds: Use of cohort studies to understand the impact of immigration procedures on mental health and integration of adults, children and adolescent humanitarian entrants to Australia.

Physical activity and lifestyle interventions to promote and integrate health and mental health: Promoting lifestyle psychiatry interventions, including physical activity as catalysts for recovery and change.

Mental health data informatics and complex modelling: Research arising from global mental health meta regression and National clinical data sets.

Women Aware With Their Children (WATCH) NHMRC funded mental health and intimate partner violence cohort study of women and children from refugee background and a comparison group of Australian born women.

DILI cohort study of women and children in Timor-Leste, examining mental health, trauma, parenting, child behaviour, and a cycle of violence in a conflict-affected population.

Enabling Dads and Supporting First Nations Adolescent Mental Health, an MRFF funded intervention with First Nations academics and remote communities to support and promote men's parenting relationships with their adolescent children.

Centre for Psychological Trauma, Translational Research and Implementation Science. Working in partnership with St John of God Health Care to establish a centre to improve outcomes for occupational trauma amongst high-risk occupations

Partnership with UNHCR: to develop evidence based intentional guidelines for refugee status determination amongst psychologically vulnerable applicants

Research strengths

The research we undertake draws on quantitative and qualitative methodologies to support knowledge which can improve access to culturally and contextually appropriate care for marginalised populations globally. We recognise our own position of advantage as researchers and clinicians and utilise principles of co-design, the inclusion of lived experience expertise and participatory research models. The work we undertake has been strongly impacted by theoretical developments arising from decolonial, feminist, intersectional critical theory and rights-based frameworks.  Research methods include psychiatric epidemiology, cohort studies, longitudinal modelling, quasi-experimental designs, implementation science, qualitative analysis, arts-based research methods and community-based participatory research methods.

Our results

Our affiliate partners

  • Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville to support people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to engage in physical activity that is culturally sensitive and psychologically safe.