CRC for Mental Health

Upcoming Events

Cooperative Research Centre Association Conference — 25 – 27 May 2015

The CRC Association will hold its annual conference in Canberra in May 2015, coinciding with 25 years of the CRC Program. The theme will be “The Australia 2040 Forum”. The conference will review CRC achievements from the past 25 years and provide an opportunity to discuss the major challenges of the approaching quarter century. More information available at www.crca.asn.au

Parkinson’s Australia National Conference — May 2015

Parkinson’s Australia invites you to be part of their next National Conference in Adelaide in May 2015, to hear national and international leaders speak on a diverse range of topics and to participate in an exciting social program. More information available at www.parkinsonssa.org.au

 

Past Events

Podcasts and video recordings of several of the CRC’s past events are available here.

Thinking ahead: Embedding research in aged care — 16 June 2014

Bringing together researchers, clinicians, and aged care experts, this event explored how scientific research can be embedded in the aged care system. James Lush from ABC 720 Perth hosted Professor Fran McInerney, Professor Colin Masters, Winthrop Professor Assen Jablensky, and Professor Ralph Martins.

(L-R): James Lush, Colin Masters, Assen Jablensky, Ralph Martins, Fran McInerney.

(L-R): James Lush, Colin Masters, Assen Jablensky, Ralph Martins, Fran McInerney.

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Top: Graeme Prior, James Lush, Assen Jablensky. Bottom: Fran McInerney, Colin Masters, Ralph Martins.

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“Innovating with Asia 2014″ — 20 – 21 May 2014

The Cooperative Research Centres Association (CRCA) held its 2014 conference in Perth, focusing on Australia’s unique position to take advantage of the growing influence of Asia globally. The conference program looked outwards to examine the world’s best practice and innovations from the fastest growing economies, while showcasing Australian CRC’s and how they compare to global innovation.

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CRC / AIBL Research Conference — 20-21 March 2014

The 2014 CRC/AIBL conference placed emphasis on the translation and utilisation of research outcomes. An important aspect of the meeting was the active participation of bioinformatics researchers who will be involved in the integration and extrapolation of CRC data. Over 130 people attended the conference.

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Depression and Dementia — 19 September 2013

In September 2013, the CRC for Mental Health held a public panel discussion at Mercy Health’s Parkville residential aged care facility. Panelists discussed the connections between depression and dementia from the perspectives of diagnosis, care, research, and the lived experience. Our thanks go to Mercy Health staff, residents and their families for their enthusiasm and support of this project.

Dementia and Depression panellists Mr Andrew Watt (advocate and PhD student), Clinical Associate Professor Briony Dow (Director Health Promotion Division, NARI), Professor Fran McInerney (Mercy Health Chair of Aged Care), Professor Ashley Bush (Chief Scientific Officer, CRC for Mental Health), and Geraldine Webster (Mercy Place Parkville Facility Manager).
Dementia and Depression panellists Mr Andrew Watt (advocate and PhD student), Clinical Associate Professor Briony Dow (Director Health Promotion Division, NARI), Professor Fran McInerney (Mercy Health Chair of Aged Care), Professor Ashley Bush (Chief Scientific Officer, CRC for Mental Health), and Geraldine Webster (Mercy Place Parkville Facility Manager).

Science and Dementia — National Science Week, August 2013

Hosted by science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams AM from Radio National’s The Science Show, “Science & Dementia” brought together leading experts to discuss what causes dementia, why early diagnosis is important and the latest research into treating this disease.

The event featured insights from Prof Paul Maruff (Cogstate), Dr Maree Farrow (Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria), Mr Andrew Watt (Alzheimer’s Australia advocate and PhD student) and Prof Ashley Bush (CRC for Mental Health). We were also particularly fortunate to have Senator Kim Carr open the event in his then capacity as Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

"Science & Dementia" panel during National Science Week 2013 featuring (left to right) Prof Ashley Bush (CRC for Mental Health), Mr Andrew Watt (Alzheimer's Australia advocate and PhD student), Dr Maree Farrow (Alzheimer's Australia Victoria), and Prof Paul Maruff (Cogstate), hosted by Robyn Williams AM from Radio National's The Science Show.

“Science & Dementia” panel during National Science Week 2013 featuring (left to right) Prof Ashley Bush (CRC for Mental Health), Mr Andrew Watt (Alzheimer’s Australia advocate and PhD student), Dr Maree Farrow (Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria), and Prof Paul Maruff (Cogstate), hosted by Robyn Williams AM from Radio National’s The Science Show.

 

Section of biomarkers game from Science and Dementia public event, August 2013.
Section of biomarkers game from Science and Dementia public event, August 2013.
Dr Ian Cooke (CEO, CRC for Mental Health), Prof Geoffrey Donnan (Director, Florey Institute), Senator Kim Carr, and Dr Kathryn Taylor (independent board member, CRC for Mental Health) at Science Week event 2013.

Dr Ian Cooke (CEO, CRC for Mental Health), Prof Geoffrey Donnan (Director, Florey Institute), Senator Kim Carr (then Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research), and Dr Kathryn Taylor (independent board member, CRC for Mental Health) at National Science Week event 2013.

 

Not Just One Thing: Art, Science and Schizophrenia — Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

The CRC for Mental Health’s first public event, “Not just one thing: art, science & schizophrenia” took place as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2012. A collaboration with the Dax Centre, the events provided multiple views of schizophrenia including the lived experience, research, and a clinical view and incorporated artwork from the Dax Centre.

The panel for “Not just one thing: Art, science and schizophrenia” , a public even held in collaboration with the Dax Centre during the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012. Panellists are Emma Last (The Dax Centre), Prof Jayashri Kulkarni (Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre), Prof Brian Dean (CRC for Mental Health and Florey Institute), Brendan Clarke (Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria), and Lynne Malcolm (ABC Radio National).

The panel for “Not just one thing: Art, science and schizophrenia” , a public even held in collaboration with the Dax Centre during the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012. Panellists are Emma Last (The Dax Centre), Prof Jayashri Kulkarni (Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre), Prof Brian Dean (CRC for Mental Health and Florey Institute), Brendan Clarke (Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria), and Lynne Malcolm (ABC Radio National).

Annual Research Conference — November 2012

Attended by 124 people, the CRC’s first conference in 2012 provided offered an opportunity to reflect on the range of projects within the CRC’s portfolio and how we interact and collaborate across programs.

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Attendees at 2012 annual research conference.

CRC for Mental Health Melbourne & Perth Launch Events – November 2011

The CRC for Mental Health was officially launched in Melbourne on 17 November at the University of Melbourne and in Perth on 24 November at the McCusker Research Foundation. In Melbourne, the CRC was launched by Ms Patricia Kelly, then Deputy Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, and Research. A presentation was given by the Hon Mary Wooldridge, then Victorian Minister for Mental Health. In Perth, the CRC was launched by His Excellency Mr Malcolm McCusker QC AO.

The Hon Mary Wooldridge, Minister for Mental Health, speaking at the CRC for Mental Health Melbourne launch, November 2011.
The Hon Mary Wooldridge, Minister for Mental Health, speaking at the CRC for Mental Health Melbourne launch, November 2011.

 

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The Hon Mary Wooldridge (Victorian Minister for Mental Health), Patricia Kelly (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research), Hon Michael Wooldridge (Chair, CRC for Mental Health), Neville Stevens AO (Director, Cooperative Research Centres Committee) at Melbourne CRC launch in November 2011.

CRC participants at Perth launch event.

CRC stakeholders at the Perth launch event in November 2011.