Research Leaders and Partners

Professor Nicholas Procter
Group Convenor and Chair of Mental Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia

 

 

Dr Amy Baker
Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia

 


Dr Andrew Champion

Clinical Director, Mental Health, Outer South, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Health and Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia

 

 

Tim Crowley

Complex Care and Trauma Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, SA Health

 

 

Dr Monika Ferguson 

Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia

 

 

Matthew Halpin

Consumer Consultant – Senior Project Officer, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, SA Health and Adjunct Lecturer, University of South Australia

 

 

Dr Lisa Hodge

Lecturer in Social Work, Victoria University and Adjunct Lecturer, University of South Australia

 

 

Adrian Jackson

Mental Health Adoption Manager, EPAS, SA Health

 

 

Lynne James

Principal Project Officer Suicide Prevention, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, SA Health and Adjunct Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia 

 

 

Annette Jones

Senior Social Worker, Acute Mental Health, SA Health

 

 

Dr Mark Loughhead
Lecturer: Lived Experience, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia

 

 

Dr Monica McEvoy
Nurse Practitioner – Multicultural Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, SA Health

 

 

Pat Mead

Clinical Practice Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, Children, Youth & Women’s Health Service, SA Health

 

 

Arthur Moutakis

Clinical Coordinator, Northern Mental Health Services, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Health

 

 

Bernie Stefan-Rasmus

Practice Development Nurse, Mental Health Directorate, Central Adelaide Health Service, SA Health

 

 

Lisa Wilton

Advanced Clinical Practice Consultant, Mental Health GP Shared Care, Mental Health Directorate, Adelaide Metro Local Health Networks 

 

 

Research Assistant

Heather Eaton

Research Assistant, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Mental Health and Substance Use

Mental illness refers to a range of conditions that significantly interfere with an individual’s cognitive, emotional or social abilities. Mental illness is also common, with the most recent data from the World Health Organisation estimating the projected lifetime risk of any mental illness by the age of 75 years ranges from 18 percent to 55 percent globally. Up to 45 percent of adults (aged 16 and older) in Australia and 40 percent in New Zealand have experienced a mental illness at some point in their lives. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44.

Established in partnership with government and non-government sectors, the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group is leading numerous initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people in mental distress and at risk of suicide. The strategic purpose of the group is to demonstrate through research and practical example how much consumers, clinicians, policy makers and academic faculty can achieve working together in partnership.

The group’s work is inspired by the real world problems of people living with mental distress, the needs of their carers, and the next generation of health professionals willing and able to support recovery with dignity. The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group has a national and international reputation for undertaking deep scholarship in mental health and suicide prevention, leading to deep connectivity and diffusion of the insights through publication, public policy and clinical practice as key outcomes.

Staff from the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group contribute directly to the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the Division of Health Sciences, equipping students and health professionals with the skills and knowledge required to effectively help people experiencing mental illness and at risk of suicide. It has a long tradition of community engagement with clinicians by hosting Mental Health Master Classes, which are free to attend and cover such topics as therapeutic communication and engagement, understanding and responding to suicide and self-harm, and advanced health assessment. Learn more about Mental Health Master Classes or find out more about a career in mental health nursing

Based on Level 4 of the Playford Building at UniSA's City East Campus, the group is part of the Nursing, Mental Health and Midwifery research concentration within the Sansom Institute for Health Research. You can follow the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group on Twitter at @MHResearchUniSA.

Our Research

The research of the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group is focussed on improving the lives of people with mental health issues across the lifespan. It encompasses clinical practice approaches and techniques, the experience of the individual and groups in settings including acute care and the community.

> Read more about our current research projects.

 

Initiatives and Resources

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Find out about the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group’s initiatives such as events and collaborations, and download text, audio and video resources.

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Research students

Students

The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group has several higher degrees by research students working on projects related to the group’s research areas as part of their study with the University of South Australia.

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Contact Us

Media Enquiries:
Please visit the Media Centre

Twitter:
@MHResearchUniSA

Group Convenor:
Professor Nicholas Procter
School of Nursing and Midwifery
UniSA City East Campus
T: +61 8 8302 2148
E: Nicholas.Procter@unisa.edu.au

Personal Assistant
Melissa Gibson
School of Nursing and Midwifery
UniSA City East Campus
T: +61 8 8302 2341
E:Melissa.Gibson@unisa.edu.au

Areas of study and research

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