Providing excellent postgraduate education is a key function of the CRC for Mental Health. The CRC is committed to providing experiences to enrich PhD study beyond the scope of everyday research, enabling students to gain knowledge and experience of the industry sector.
CRC students and early career researchers benefit from many opportunities outside the laboratory. These include:
- Interacting with industry and academic research leaders through CRC-organised workshops, video conferences, discussion panels and networking events.
- Working with industry, applying the “generic” skills developed in the PhD to solve practical problems for partner organisations.
- Gaining an understanding of the diseases they’re studying, though meeting directly with people who have an experience of the disease, their carers and families. As an example, our PhD students have the opportunity to visit Mercy Health aged care facilities through our Knowledge Exchange project to meet with people living with dementia, as well as personal care workers.
- Representing the CRC at events like the Australian Academy of Sciences Think Tank “Inspiring smarter brain research in Australia”or the Cooperative Research Centres Association Early Career Research awards.