Based at The Park Centre for Mental Health at Wacol, the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) is hosted by the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service and has close links with The University of Queensland’s Queensland Brain Institute and School of Public Health, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners.
First established as an inpatient research unit in December 1987, the focus of the Centre evolved in concert with the skills of the staff. After the structure was revised in 1996 and 1999, the Centre has evolved into a group with six main research streams - epidemiology and clinical trials, forensic mental health, developmental neurobiology, psychiatric genetics, child and youth mental health, and policy and economics.
Although the Centre maintains a strong focus on serious mental disorders such as schizohrenia, the Centres's policy and and economic work has a wider perspective.
The work conducted at QCMHR aims to reduce the level of disability associated with mental illness. This is achieved by providing internationally recognised research that leads to more effective mental health services and interventions, the identification and reduction of risk factors, and the development of researchers in the field of mental health.
A detailed history of the Centre can be found in the article Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research: the first 17 years, written by John McGrath, Bryan Mowry and Harvey Whiteford in 2004 (PDF).