Neuroscience, Mental Health & Addiction

Our Vision - Better Health, Better Lives: building communities free from the burden of disorders of the brain.

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Our mission is to prevent, treat, cure and care for a broad range of neurological, mental health and addiction disorders. We achieve this through building effective networks of collaborative research.

These communities translate research outcomes into real-world solutions to improve the quality of life of those affected by those disorders.


The Medicine Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction research theme is made up of a network of internationally recognised researchers and clinicians. These experts lead the understanding and treatment of complex clinical conditions with physical, behavioural, mental and social dimensions across the lifespan.

Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction consists of four sub-themes and two priority areas.

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Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing is a research priority at UNSW Medicine and spans each of the research themes. Our research capability in this area comprises local, national and international leaders in basic sciences, clinical, public and allied health, with proven expertise in driving top-quality clinical care, research and education.

Members of our team have collectively and individually led innovations and improvements across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, education and practice. Our research provides opportunities to support better policy and practice through community, organisational and government networks.

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Innovations in Health Technology

Innovations in Health Technology is a Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction priority area that investigates the use and development of new technologies to solve complex health problems and improve quality of life.

Collaborations between researchers and clinicians from across the theme’s network are enabling new projects and developments in this exciting area of healthcare.

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In addition to supporting research in Schools, Centres and Institutes, we’re investing in critical Enabling Capabilities, Special Populations and Clinical Settings. This research is applied across themes to drive capacity and outcomes.

Our most successful activities are undertaken in partnership with UNSW facilities, other universities, independent medical research institutes and state and federal healthcare and health service providers.


Our Strategic Advisory Group for Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction research includes leadership from clinicians, academics and the SPHERE network.

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Initiatives & Funding

Current initiatives in place to support research in the Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction theme, including how to apply and the deadlines for applications.

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