University of Melbourne partners with Anne Deveson Research Centre

The University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences is pleased to announce a new research partnership with the Anne Deveson Research Centre (ADRC), a SANE Australia initiative.

The partnership will enable the ADRC’s flagship research project, the National Stigma Report Card.

The five-year study will be led by ADRC Director and SANE acting chief executive Dr Michelle Blanchard and Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences’ lecturer Dr Christopher Groot.

The study will survey 7 000 participants from across Australia. It will be the largest survey of its kind conducted in Australia to date and is expected to provide a baseline by which to assess stigma and discrimination over time.

Dr Groot said: “The National Stigma Report Card promises to be an incredibly significant project. Its grand scale, national reach, breadth of inquiry, and capacity for translation to effect meaningful and positive change for people with lived experience of complex mental illness are unparalleled in Australian stigma research.”

Dr Groot said the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and SANE Australia had a strong shared vision of reducing stigma around complex mental health issues.

“We are only starting to scratch the surface in terms of what we can accomplish together to tackle the problem,” Dr Groot said.

The National Stigma Report Card

The National Stigma Report Card study will examine for the first time how Australians living with complex mental illness experience stigma and discrimination across a range of areas, including housing, education, employment, health services, and media representations. The research team aims to identify specific targets for improvement. Data collected will provide hard evidence needed to drive long-term change in policy and practice so that Australians living with complex mental illness can live long and fulfilling lives.