About us

Our Vision

The vision of the Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR) is to be recognised as a leader in excellent, innovative, population-based mental health research that is relevant to policy and practice.

Our Goals

  • Excellence in research

  • Dissemination of high-quality research through translation into policy and practice

  • Training future leaders through research supervision and teaching

  • A focus on research that is designed to be highly relevant to the mental health sector and to the broader population

  • Incorporating the crucial lived experience perspective that consumers and carers bring,  contributing to research directions, informing research design and in conducting research

  • Collaboration with the mental health sector to reach common goals, including collaboration with academics from across disciplines, policymakers, service providers, consumers and carers

  • Building capacity and sustainability in population mental health research


CMHR was known as the Social Psychiatry Research Unit when it was first established in 1975 by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). It was renamed the Psychiatric Epidemiology Research Centre in 1996, and took the name Centre for Mental Health Research in 2000.

Updated:  01 May 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, CMHR/Page Contact:  Web Admin, CMHR