Research Partnerships


Exploring the Working Lives of Child Care Educators in Long Day Care Centres

Research: University of Melbourne Research Collaboration Grant

Brief description: This is a qualitative study exploring the working lives of early childhood educators in long day care centres, including positive aspects, challenges and stressors, and suggestions for workplace change to maximise educator social and emotional wellbeing.

Research Partners: Dr Elise Davis (School of Population Health, University of Melbourne); Lara Williamson (School of Population Health, University of Melbourne); Assoc Prof Tony La Montagne (School of Population Health, University of Melbourne); Assoc Prof Linda Harrison (Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University); Prof Margaret Sims (School of Education, University of New England); Prof Elizabeth Waters (School of Population Health, University of Melbourne).

Institute Involvement: The Hunter Institute of Mental Health is an industry partner on the grant, with Trevor Hazell and Karen Stafford collaborating with the researchers in regard to mental health promotion in the early childhood education and care sector.

 

Vulnerability and the news media: Investigating print media coverage of groups deemed to be vulnerable in Australian society, and the media's understanding of their status

Research: ARC Linkages Grant

Brief description: The research used newspaper analysis and focus groups to identify how the news media current report on and how they might better report in a well-informed and sensitive way about community groups that are often represented as vulnerable, such as people with disabilities, Indigenous people and ethnic minorities, people with mental health problems, and victims of trauma.

Research Partners: Prof Kerry Green (University of South Australia); Prof Stephen Tanner (University of Wollongong); Dr Angela Romano (Queensland University of Technology); Prof Mark Pearson (Bond University); Prof Michael Meadows (Griffith University); and Cait McMahon (Industry Partner, DART Centre).

Institute Involvement: The Hunter Institute of Mental Health is an industry partner on the grant, with Jaelea Skehan added as a co-investigator leading focus group components and providing expert advice on issues related to mental illness and suicide.

 

Public Relations and Social Responsibility: PR student perceptions of their role in the public discourse on complex social issues such as mental illness and suicide.

Research: University of Canberra Microlinkage Grant

Brief description: This qualitative research aims to explore the "mental health literacy" of first year public relations (PR) students to inform the development of appropriate curriculum resources for education about social responsibility, including the role of Public Relations professionals within discourse about mental illness and suicide in the public sphere.

Research Partners: Barbara Walsh (Principal Investigator, University of Canberra); Cathy Hope (Investigator, University of Canberra).

Institute Involvement: The Hunter Institute of Mental Health is an Industry Partner on the Grant. Jaelea Skehan, Siobhain Lowthe and Kim McNaughton are co-researchers working with the research team coordinating data about student's mental health literacy and perceptions of their role in communicating about these issues.

 

The First Nations’ Voices for the Future Pilot Study

Research: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Linkage Grant

Brief description: This is a qualitative pilot study which aims to explore the Australia’s Indigenous Media Sector & the experience of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Media workers within it.

Research Partners: Heather Stewart (Principal Investigator, Queensland University of Technology); Dr Judith Griffiths (Researcher, University of Queensland); Kerry Klim (Researcher, media industry); Dr Pauline Mulligan (Researcher, University of Queensland); Michael Meadows (Mentor, Griffith University); Dr Leo Bowman (Mentor, QUT); Dr Folker Hanusch (Mentor, University of the Sunshine Coast); Linda Mc Caffery (Mentor, Batchelor Institute); Duncan McCue (Mentor, University of British Columbia & media industry)

Institute Involvement: The Hunter Institute of Mental Health is an Industry Partner on the Grant. Jaelea Skehan is a co-investigator providing support and mentoring to the research team.

 

Mental Health and the NSW Minerals Industry

Research: Funded research grant from the NSW Minerals Council

Brief description: The report was commissioned to explore how mental health and mental illness may impact on the NSW Minerals Industry.

Research Partners: Professor Brian Kelly (University of Newcastle); Mr. Trevor Hazell (Hunter Institute of Mental Health) & Ms Robyn Considine (University of Newcastle)

Institute involvement: The Hunter Institute of Mental Health was a co-author on the report  Mental Health and the NSW Minerals Industry: Prepared for the NSW Minerals Council by University of Newcastle and Hunter Institute of Mental Health.