Chief Investigators


Harvey Whiteford

Professor Whiteford is the Kratzmann Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health and Director of the Mental Health Policy and Evaluation Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Population Health, University of Queensland. Professor Whiteford has held senior clinical and administrative positions in Australia, including those of Director of Psychiatric ... Read more


Louisa Degenhardt

Professor Degenhardt is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. She has worked across a wide range of projects examining the epidemiology of illicit drug use, comorbid mental health problems, and illicit drug surveillance. From 2001-2008 she established and expanded national illicit drug surveillance ... Read more


Jane Pirkis

Professor Pirkis is the Director of the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne and holder of a NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship. She has a background in psychology and epidemiology and has undertaken a number of evaluations of large-scale suicide prevention and mental ... Read more


Cathy Mihalopoulos

Associate Professor Mihalopoulos is a Senior Health Economist with Deakin Health Economics in the Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Deakin University. She has dual qualifications in Behavioural Science and Health Economics. Her major field of research interest has been the economics of mental health and psychosocial care, with a special focus on economic evaluation and ... Read more


Kathy Eagar

Professor Eagar is the Professor of Health Services Research and Director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong. She has over thirty years’ experience in the health and community care systems, during which she has divided her time between being a clinician, a senior manager and a health academic.  She ... Read more


Gavin Andrews

Professor Andrews is Professor of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, and has been an academic staff member of the School of Psychiatry at UNSW since 1964. His research interests include depression, epidemiology, treatment of common mental disorders, classification of mental disorders, cost effectiveness, and Internet treatment of internalising disorders. ... Read more


Brian Head

Professor Head is the Program Leader for Policy Analysis at the Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland. He joined the Institute in 2007 after holding senior roles in government, academia and the non-government sector. Prior to 2003 he held senior executive positions in five Queensland Government agencies including roles in policy development, public sector ... Read more


Jane Gunn

Professor Gunn is the inaugural Chair of Primary Care Research and Head of the Academic Centre for General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Melbourne. She has worked as an Academic GP since 1991 and has built a successful Primary Care Research Unit with research streams in mental health, chronic disease, violence & abuse ... Read more


Wayne Hall

Professor Hall is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland. Over the past 20 years he has worked in the fields of addiction, mental health and public health, and currently works on the social and ethical implications of research in genetics and neuroscience on addiction and ... Read more


George Patton

Professor Patton holds a Chair in Adolescent Health Research at the University of Melbourne and is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow.  He is an epidemiologist with a clinical background in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His group has undertaken long-term population based cohort studies, large scale cluster randomized trials of preventive interventions in school and ... Read more