Research and evaluation are vital to Mind’s work as we strive to provide high quality services based on evidence of what has been tried and tested. Our advocacy agenda is also guided by high quality research.

To support these areas of our work, Mind invests significant funds in research.

In 2011 we established a partnership with the Centre for Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, funding a Principal Research Fellowship, held by Dr Lisa Brophy. This partnership has resulted in excellent research and program evaluation and brought to life many worthwhile collaborations. Mind is now a leader in research that focuses on finding out what our service users need to move towards recovery. In 2015, we won the Tom Trauer Research and Evaluation Award for excellence in researching or evaluating mental health services and programs.

In addition to the partnership with the University of Melbourne, Mind commissions research from other universities and specialist consultancies, with the span of our interest going across service design and evaluation, policy and market research. In 2017, we established an Executive Director Research and Advocacy position, currently held by Dr Sarah Pollock, to provide strategic leadership across all research streams.

View our evidence base.

For more information about our research program, contact Mind's Executive Director Research and Advocacy, Dr Sarah Pollock at

Current research underway

Current research underway

The following is a list of Mind research and evaluation projects that are currently under way.

As with all our research projects, findings will be used to improve the quality of our services. Where appropriate, they will also be used to influence attitudes towards people with serious mental ill-health among policy makers and the wider community.

Understanding people with psychosocial disability as choice-makers in the context of NDIS - Choice and control are central to the design of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). However, the application of choice for people with psychosocial disability remains largely unexamined in the empirical literature. This study explores how people with psychosocial disability make choices in the context of the NDIS, the supports they draw on and their understandings of themselves as choice-makers.
For further information and to be involved in the project view Understanding people with psychosocial disability as choice-makers in the context of NDIS

ARC linkage project – This project has been funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage grant scheme and looks at opptions for supported decision-making to enhance the recovery of people with severe mental health problems. It is the first interdisciplinary study to investigate how supported decision-making for people with severe mental health problems can be used to align Australian laws and practice with our international human rights obligations. 

Establishing equitable support models for individuals with mental and intellectual impairment/s to engage in consumer transactions - The purpose of the project is to establish equitable support models for individuals with mental and intellectual impairment/s to engage in consumer transactions (e.g. contracts with telcos, banks, utilities and insurance companies etc.). The project aimed to identify the support needs of individuals with mental and intellectual impairment/s in entering consumer contracts; and to identify what service providers can do to address these needs.  
PARCS Project - The PARCS Project is a seven-part study that aims to explore the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of Victoria’s adult PARC services. The project is a partnership between academic institutions, Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS), clinical mental health service providers and the Victorian Government. 
PULSAR Secondary Care study - The PULSAR Secondary Care study aims to promote and evaluate recovery-oriented practice in specialist mental health services in Victoria.
Self-management and recovery technology (SMART) project - The SMART project is exploring new ways to use technology to support consumers of mental health services. It includes the development of online resources on self-management and recovery for psychosis; and three studies evaluating the use of technology in different settings. We are currently looking for new participants for all studies.
Find out more about the the SMART research program.  
Vaporising smoking related harms in people with severe and persistent mental illness - A study of the acceptability of vaporised nicotine products for smoking cessation or long-term substitution

Mind program evaluation and capacity building projects

  • Mind Recovery CollegeTM evaluation
  • Evaluation of Mind Australia’s Peer Recovery Community services implementation
  • Investigating the CANSAS as an outcome measure for Mind’s Peer Recovery Communities 
  • Peninsula Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (Y PARC) evaluation
  • Darling Downs Community Care Unit and Gailes Community Care Unit program logic workshops and evaluation planning
  • Cairns PARC Scottish recovery inventory 
  • Mind dual disability capacity building project

Reports and presentations

Take a look at our research reports and presentations.

Published research reports

Published research reports

Mind-commissioned research and research that has been published out of the partnership with the University of Melbourne is the foundation of the evidence base for our work.

You can find Mind's published research reports under the Resources-Our evidence base section of this site.

Mind Colloquiums

Mind Colloquiums

A colloquium is a meeting where research findings are presented and discussed. Our Mind Colloquium series was developed with VICSERV (the peak body that represents Victoria’s community managed community health services) and The University of Melbourne.

The series covers a wide range of topics, and is open to people who use our services (including families and carers), volunteers, students, consumers and other community mental health support service providers. 

If you’d like to know more about the Mind Colloquium series, please contact

View past Mind Colloquium presentations

Conducting research with Mind

Conducting research with Mind

Unfortunately, at the moment we are not able to take on new requests to undertake research at Mind. We are in a period of transition following changes to our organisational arrangements for research, and currently do not have the resourcing available to review applications. We hope to be able to re-commence this function early in 2018.

Our evidence base

This is the research and thinking around recovery oriented practice that informs our work.