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The Mental Health Services Research team, led by Sandra Diminic, aims to reduce the population burden of mental illness through applied research to understand the demand for and use of mental health services, evidence-based mental health service models, and how these findings can be used to improve mental health systems. The team works closely with health system partners such as governments, Primary Health Networks, and community organisations to provide evidence and advice to support integrated regional and national mental health service planning.

This program of research is guided by national mental health service planning and reform priorities. The research team’s current primary focus is development and application of the National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF), a needs-based planning tool which models population needs and required packages of care to produce resource targets for optimal mental health service delivery in Australia. We also conduct research drawing on population surveys and health service administrative data to understand current mental health service delivery and identify service gaps for specific regions and populations.

Team members

  • Dr Sandra Diminic (Team Lead)
  • Kate Gossip
  • Julie John
  • Arabella Mundie
  • Imogen Page
  • Claudia Sparti
  • Charlotte Woody
  • Eryn Wright

Current Projects

Completed Projects

Support for the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

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Analysis of national mental health workforce demand and supply

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Advice on national planning for psychosocial support services

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National Mental Health Systems Modelling Network

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NMHC Regional Service Mapping Project

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National Mental Health Service Planning Framework model development

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National Mental Health Service Planning Framework Training and Support

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Mapping mental health services in Tasmania

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Understanding the contributions and service needs of unpaid mental health carers

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Applying the NMHSPF to support integrated mental health planning in regional Queensland

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