At the Centre for Mental Health, we believe that people shouldn’t have to wait for improved mental health outcomes. We focus on causes and thinking creatively about treatments to create revolutionary and disruptive approaches to treating severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  

We’re breaking down the silos of traditional western medicine that separate the mind, body and behaviour and aim to create a person-centred, holistic approach that will empower the individual at its centre. We’re making ground-breaking changes in the form of a whole new field of treatments that have never been tried before. Things like virtual reality to improve online psychotherapies and biopsychosocial treatments with psilocybin to help people with eating disorders, PTSD and chronic depression. 

Our approach is resonating with mental health providers ⁠— locally and abroad. We’ve established research relationships with various government, commercial and not-for-profit sectors and collaborate with Victoria’s Clinical Mental Health Services. 

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    Our research

    Discover more about the key research the Centre for Mental Health are pioneering to develop treatments for those with severe mental health issues.
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    Our people

    Meet the passionate people at the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne that are striving to revolutionise the treatment of severe mental health issues.

Study with us 

We pride ourselves on an active developmental approach to our students. Beyond the support and resources that all students receive here at Swinburne, students working within the Centre for Mental Health experience a dynamic learning culture, with a rich professional network in Australia and overseas. 

You will be sharing labs and study spaces, and most importantly ideas, with some of the most capable and passionate students in Australia. You will be mentored by some of Australia’s leading researchers in clinical psychology and neuroscience.    

Explore our courses and programs: 

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    Peer Tree Program

    Peer Tree is a gamified smartphone app designed to reduce loneliness in young people aged 18 to 25 years old. Available on iPhone and iPad.

Connecting with the community  

The Centre for Mental Health is an outwards-facing research centre that provides services for the local community and invites the community to work with us. Explore other research areas within the Centre. 

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    National eTherapy Centre

    NeTC offers evidence-based treatment programs for specific types of mental health problems such as generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD and more.

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    The Swinburne Babylab is a research facility that uses innovative techniques to explore cognitive, social and brain development in infants and children.

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    Voices Clinic

    National telehealth-based clinic for people with persisting experiences of hearing voices or hallucinations.

  • Swinburne Psychology Clinic

    Swinburne Psychology Clinic is the largest university psychology clinic in Australia. The clinic allows students undertaking postgraduate studies in clinical or counselling psychology to gain valuable experience, training and clinical skills needed to work independently.

Our research ethics and integrity

Our researchers are committed to the highest ethical, professional and scholarly standards. All of our studies conform to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Centre news

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Contact the Centre for Mental Health

There are many ways to engage with us. Whether you’re a PhD student, media, or an organisation looking to form a partnership, contact the Centre on +61 3 9214 5356 or via

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