In 2017, Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction was approved as a SPHERE Clinical Academic Group (CAG) and formalised partnerships between UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, Western Sydney University, local health districts, medical research institutes and other industry partners.

Together, the UNSW Medicine Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction Theme and SPHERE CAG, support the initiation and development of collaborative groups that bring together research, education and clinical partners to address the burdens imposed by neurological, mental health, and drug and alcohol disorders.

 

Theme Principal

  • Professor Michael Farrell
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney

  

CAG Co-Leads

  • Professor Michael Farrell
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
  • Dr Gary Flynn
  • SWSLHD Mental Health Services

  

Children & Adolescent Wellbeing Sub-Theme Co-Leads 

  • Scientia Professor Helen Christensen
  • Black Dog Institute
  • Dr Julia Lappin
  • School of Psychiatry and National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
  • Associate Professor Nadine Kasparian
  • School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW Sydney

  

Complex & Difficult to Tread Diseases Sub-Theme Co-Leads

  • Professor Philip Ward
  • School of Psychiatry, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Peter Schofield
  • Neuroscience Research Australia

  

Healthy Ageing Sub-Theme Co-Leads

  • Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty
  • Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing
  • Professor Meera Agar
  • Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT), University of Technology Sydney

  

Brain Sciences & Translational Neuroscience Sub-Theme Co-Leads

  • Scientia Professor Bernard Balleine
  • School of Psychology, UNSW Sydney
  • Scientia Professor Nigel Lovell
  • Biomedical Engineering, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Gary Housley
  • School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Sydney

  

Neuroscience, Mental Health & Addiction Theme & SPHERE CAG Collaborating Partners

  • UNSW Sydney
    • Including the School of Psychiatry (Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing and Dementia Collaborative Research Centre), School of Medical Sciences, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Rural Clinical School, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, Brain Sciences UNSW, UNSW Psychology and UNSW Engineering
  • South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD)
    • Including Prince of Wales Hospital, Royal Hospital for Women, SESLHD Mental Health Service, and SESLHD Drug and Alcohol Service
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • St Vincent's Hospital Sydney
  • Sydney Children's Hospitals Network
  • Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network
  • Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
  • Neuroscience Research Australia
  • Black Dog Institute
  • Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT), University of Technology Sydney
  • Western Sydney University
    • Including the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development

 

Related Research Units

  • UNSW School of Psychiatry
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
  • Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing
  • Dementia Collaborative Research Centre
  • Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD)
  • Neuroscience Research Australia
  • Black Dog Institute
  • Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention
  • Brain Sciences UNSW
  • School of Medical Sciences
  • School of Public Health and Community Medicine
  • Rural Clinical School
  • Centre for Big Data Research in Health
  • UNSW Psychology
  • UNSW Engineering