The Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research’s Mental Health and Development Group was created with the knowledge that the majority of global burden of disease attributable to mental and substance use disorders is experienced in low- and middle-income countries. Despite the scale of this public health issue, it is estimated that around 90% of those living with mental illness in these countries are not receiving treatment.

The Mental Health and Development Group undertakes a broad range of targeted research aimed at ultimately increasing both the rates and quality of treatment provided the populations of low- and middle-income countries. Projects are more specifically designed to address global mental health research priorities and include establishing the mental health needs in a given population, identifying culturally appropriate and cost-effective interventions, assessing implementation processes and outcomes, and identifying the barriers which prevent people from receiving treatment.

A specific focus of the work is to strengthen global research capacity, knowledge sharing, and leadership in the area of mental health.

Current Projects

  1. Evaluation of mhGAP in Fiji
  2. Population mental survey, Lao PDR
  3. Epidemiological estimates for mental disorders in conflict-affected populations

Group Members

Dr Fiona Charlson