Mental Health Policy and Services Research (MH-PASR)

MENTAL HEALTH POLICY AND SERVICES RESEARCH (MH-PASR)

Led by Meredith Harris, the Mental Health Policy and Services Research (MH-PASR) team is concerned with the question: How can the health system be designed to maximise reduction in the burden of mental (and substance use) disorders?

Current Projects

  • Outcomes and Case Complexity
    • Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN): Analysis and Reporting
    • Definition and Cost Drivers for Mental Health Services Project

Publications

Publications: Mental Health Policy and Services Research (2009-2015)

Staff

image007Meredith Harris
Senior Research Fellow

Meredith is a Senior Research Fellow with the Mental Health Policy and Epidemiology Group in the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland, and Principal Researcher at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. Her work focuses on mental health services planning and evaluation, and the use of research findings to inform mental health policy and the delivery of mental health services. She is currently involved in a range of studies to develop approaches to mental health system planning that maximize the delivery of evidence based services. She is also involved in studies investigating patterns and predictors of mental health care service use in the Australian population.

 

 

image004Philip Burgess
Professor of Mental Health Services

Philip is Professor of Mental Health Services at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, School of Public Health, University of Queensland. Prior to joining the School in 2003, he spent eight years at the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria where he was Head of the Policy and Analysis Group. His research interests are in the analysis of routinely collected administrative data and specialised collections such as mental health epidemiological surveys. He is currently responsible for a major research contract with the Australian Government to manage the analysis and reporting of routine outcome measurement and casemix classifications from all publicly funded mental health services in Australia.

 

 

image003Dan Siskind
Principal Researcher

Dr Siskind trained as a psychiatrist in Australia and the United States. He graduated MBBS from UQ in 1998. He moved to Boston in 2002, where he did his psychiatry training at Boston University and a Master of Public Health program at Harvard University. He spent two years undertaking research at the Harvard School of Public Health evaluating cost effective treatments for mental illness in developing countries. He returned to Brisbane in June 2008 to take a position as a clinical academic psychiatrist at Metro South Mental Health Service, working with the PAH Mobile Intensive Rehabilitation Team. His PhD thesis with the UQ Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research on “Supported Accommodation for People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness” was conferred in Feb 2014. His research interests include supported accommodation, international and transcultural mental health, ECT, clozapine, physical health of people living with mental illness, assertive community treatment and mental health services research.

 

Kevin FjeldsoeKevin Fjeldsoe
Research Project Manager

Kevin is currently working as a research project manager for the Mental Health Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre Mental Health Research.  He has worked in mental health since he graduated as a mental health nurse in 1976. During that time he has worked as a Clinician, Manager, Director of Nursing, CEO of a District Mental Health Service, State Manager and more recently as Director of the Mental Health Service Planning and Implementation Unit, Queensland Health. In 2012 Kevin was awarded an OAM for services to mental health reform and service development.  He has been recently been working as part of a project team to deliver a National Mental Health Service Planning Framework. His primary area of research interest is evidence informed service planning and its application to practice.

 

 

 

Elizabeth LeitchElizabeth Leitch
Research Fellow

Elizabeth is a Research Fellow with the Mental Health Policy and Epidemiology Group at Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Public Health, as a research project manager and researcher. She has a PhD and a background of working in mental health policy, service development and administration and has experience in postgraduate education of mental health practitioners in consumer focused approaches to care. She has an interest in in mental health system evaluation and planning to improve consumer outcomes and is currently involved in projects to inform the planning and purchasing of mental health and alcohol and other drug treatment services in Queensland.

 

 

 

SandraSandra Diminic
Research Fellow

Sandra is a Research Fellow with the Mental Health Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. She has qualifications in psychology and public health, and has previously worked on the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank and interned in Mental Health Policy and Service Development at the World Health Organization. Her current work focuses on the use of research findings to inform mental health policy and the delivery of mental health services, including planning projects for government agencies. A particular focus is on analysing the quality of treatment received by people with schizophrenia in Australia and strategies to close the evidence-treatment gap in order to improve service delivery.

 

Yong YiYong Yi Lee
Research Fellow

Mr Lee is a Research Fellow with the Mental Health Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. He has qualifications in both public health and health economics, with a particular interest in economic evaluation methods and modelling. Mr Lee’s previous work experience include: an internship with the Health Systems Financing team at the World Health Organization; investigating the cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery for ACE Prevention; and calculating Years Lived with Disability for different disorders under the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2010 study. Mr Lee is working to develop evidence on the cost-effectiveness of mental health interventions, with a focus on prevention and early intervention of depression. He is also developing a novel conceptual framework that can help executive-level decision makers efficiently allocate resources in the mental health system.

Diana Beere
Research Fellow

Diana is a Research Fellow with the Mental Health Policy and Epidemiology Group in the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland, and a member of the Mental Health Policy and Services Research team at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. She has a PhD in education and experience in research and evaluation roles within government, in both mental health and several other human and social policy areas. She is particularly interested in the role of non-government organisations within the mental health service system. Her work aims to strengthen the evidence base for innovative service planning and delivery by NGOs and help inform government funding policies and reform initiatives.

RomanRoman Scheurer
Research Scientist

Roman is a Research Scientist with the Mental Health Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. He is a registered psychiatric and general nurse and has a Bachelor of Education degree, Masters in Social Sciences (Applied Research) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology. His research participation contributes towards private and public sector mental health systems and policies, global burden of disease, economics and epidemiology.  He has a special interest in geographical information systems.

 

 

Eryn WrightEryn Wright
Research Assistant

Eryn is a Research Assistant with the Mental Health Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. She has a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology from Laurentian University in Canada, a Masters degree in International Public Health from the University of Queensland and she is currently completing a Bachelor of Nursing with the Queensland University of Technology. She did her honours thesis on medical diets and memory and has research experience in a number of fields including physiotherapy, audiology and climate change adaptation. Her interests include epidemiology and biostatistics.

 

 

Kate Gossip
Research Assistant

Kate is a Research Officer within the Mental Health Systems and Services research stream in the Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. She has previously worked as an Exercise Physiologist where she worked primarily with people suffering from chronic illness. Kate’s past area of research focussed on evidence-based policy designed to build health systems resilience to disasters. Her current research is centred on evidence informed mental health servicing planning. She is a core member of the UQ technical development team responsible for the refinement of the National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF) and training of users at jurisdictional and sub-jurisdictional levels.

Emily HielscherEmily Hielscher
Research Assistant

Emily is a Research Assistant with the Mental Health Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. Emily completed her Honours degree in Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology. She has previously worked at the Queensland Brain Institute where she investigated racial bias in empathic neural responses. She has also worked in the Social Inclusion and Recovery team at QCMHR where her main project investigated the reliability and acceptability of a tool designed to facilitate mental health disclosure in the workplace. Her current work investigates the role of mental health carers in Australia and the likely impacts of future reforms in mental health.