University of Queensland Partnership

Showcasing our mental health research alliance

Our UQ - QCMHR partnership strengthens mental health research and translation in Queensland to expand our mental health research capacity and improve mental health outcomes locally, nationally and globally.

A model academic health research partnership

Akin to other successful hospital-based research centres in Queensland, QCMHR has enjoyed a formal research partnership with UQ since 2001. The partnership facilitates access to funding opportunities, research facilities, and clinical populations that would not be easily available if partners were acting alone. For instance, QCMHR's genomics and developmental neurobiology research streams are based in laboratories at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute, while QCMHR connectsUQ with mental health clinicians and researchers from health services to enable them to secure and administer grant funding, build their research capability, supervise PhD students, or undertake their PhD.

How we work together

QCMHR links closely with UQ's Queensland Brain Institute, School of Public Health, PA Southside Clinical School, and Child Health Research Centre to conduct research, educate mental health professionals, and train the next generation of clinician-researchers.

Practically, here's how we work together:

  • The School of Public Health employs QCMHR Director, Professor Harvey Whiteford part-time to drive connection between our organisations and enhance inter-operability.
  • UQ allows QCMHR researchers with UQ affiliations to access category one research funding and administer grants and consultancy in situations where West Moreton Health is not eligible to administer grant funding.
  • UQ provides IT infrastructure and support for UQ administered projects at QCMHR.
  • UQ affiliations enable QCMHR staff to access UQ systems, facilities, and resources.
  • The Queensland Brain Institute provides dedicated laboratory space for QCMHR’s Developmental Neurobiology and Psychiatric Genomics Research Streams.
  • QCMHR researchers with UQ affiliations supervise UQ PhD students and host undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.
  • QCMHR researchers teach into UQ undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  • QCMHR projects administered at UQ usually employ staff at UQ.
  • UQ monitors, and benefits from, QCMHR research income and metrics through publications, grant income, and citations.
  • When grants are administered at UQ, QCMHR is supported by UQ research management, contract management, finance, HR, and media and communications expertise.
  • UQ taps into the health service networks, data sets, clinical, and mental health discipline, expertise of QCMHR researchers.


Level 3, Dawson House
The Park Centre for Mental Health Treatment
Research and Education, Wacol, QLD 4076
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In the spirit of reconciliation, the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands in which QCMHR operates and their continuing connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and stand together with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.