Co-Led by Carla Meurk and Amanda Baxter, the Mental Health Policy and Research Translation (MH-PART) team is concerned with the question: How can we make the best use of research and innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of those with mental (and substance use) disorders?

Research translation, as it relates to mental health policy and practice, is a broad field. We are interested in all aspects of research translation into policy and practice:

      1. User-centred design;
      2. stakeholder engagement;
      3. communication;
      4. implementation; and
      5. measuring and evaluating research impact

Current Projects

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Mental Health Systems Improvement (CREMSI)


We are always interested in new collaborations. Please feel free to contact us

We have a number of Research Higher Degree projects available. Top-up funding is available to APA scholarships holders, or equivalent.


Selected publications by this group (2013-2015)



Carla Meurk, BSc, Grad Dip Sc, MSc (hons I), PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Carla’s research focusses on the prospective assessment and implementation of evidence-based approaches to healthcare, specifically focussing on mental illness and substance use disorders. Themes include: incorporating user perspectives into the assessment, implementation and evaluation of healthcare strategies (user-centred design and participatory research); prospectively assessing the social and policy impacts and the social utility of novel technologies and ideas; developing qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches to produce evidence-informed policy.






Amanda J. Baxter, BAppSc (Hons), MPH, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Amanda is a graduate in applied sciences and public health from the University of Queensland and has a PhD in international public health and epidemiology. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Mental Health Policy and Epidemiology Group. Amanda’s work focuses on: knowledge transfer, tracking the flow and impact of research findings, and implementation science.





Kristel Alla, BPolSc (Hons), BLang(Scan) (Hons) MHlthProm

PhD Candidate

Kristel has completed an undergraduate degree in political science and a postgraduate degree in health promotion. She has recently commenced her PhD studies at the University of Queensland. Her thesis revolves around measuring the uptake of research evidence into mental health policies. Kristel is particularly interested in exploring the impact of mental health research using automated content analysis methodologies.






Melanie Wassell
Melanie Wassell, BHlthProm

Research Assistant/MPH Student

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Health Promotion degree from CQ University and is currently studying her Master of Public Health at the University of Queensland. Her current research is focussed on the feasibility of using of mobile technologies to assist people with mental disorders to manage their health. Melanie has a particular interest in chronic disease prevention and management.