Research and Evaluation

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The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has a track record in translational and implementation research in mental health and suicide prevention.  

We believe that by combining our translational research skills with our strong commitment to the prevention of mental ill-health, the prevention of suicide and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing, that we can facilitate positive change across sectors, across systems and across communities. 

We use research to guide our work and the work of others and are well known for our collaborative work across sectors, providing tailored research responses that build the capacity of services, families, workplaces and communities for the greatest reach and sustainable outcomes. 

We have a history of leading multi-agency collaborations and working with others to design and deliver research across a range of settings. The Hunter Institute and its staff, have collaborative relationships with a diverse range of research Institutions and Centres. Some of our partners include the University of Newcastle (UoN), the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), the Centre for Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS), the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, the Black Dog Institute, the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) and the Public Relations Institute of Australia. 

Our organisation is currently leading and/or partnering on a wide variety of research projects in the areas of:

  • Workplace mental health and suicide prevention – with a focus on male dominated industries, small business, the arts, early career teachers and medical professionals 
  • Media reporting and portrayal of suicide and mental illness
  • Child and youth mental health – including school-based strategies to prevent mental ill-health and promote wellbeing
  • Workforce capacity building
  • Community approaches to suicide prevention, including communication about suicide
  • Service responses to support those impacted by suicide
  • Prevention-focused programs targeting the mental health and wellbeing of families and carers.

We have a multidisciplinary team that allow us to undertake a range of research projects, with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research. Our researchers work with other members of the team - including educators, communicators and clinicians - to ensure successfully developed, delivered and evaluated prevention programs.

The Hunter Institute disseminates its research outcomes through peer-reviewed publications, workforce development and training, writing for media, conference presentations, and other national and international forums.