Mental Health and Wellbeing Research

Mental Health research has been recognised as an important emerging health area, in which a number of events have taken place at the Centre, to showcase our research leaders on this topic.

Economics of Mental Health Policy Workshop

Inaugural International Workshop on the ‘Economics of Mental Health Policy’ was held on 17-19 September 2018 at Villa Mondagone in Rome, organised by Professor Anthony Harris, Professor Michael Shields, Dr Sonja Kassenboehmer & Professor Maarten Lindeboom through the Centre for Economics and International Studies (CEIS) at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

The workshop brought together CHE and leading international mental health researchers, to facilitate research relationships, as well as to provide an overview of current issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing, current research evidence as well as gaps in the literature that would aid in identifying the contributions the network could make towards improving global mental wellbeing.

There were 22 presentations, including keynote presentations from ProfessorMartin Knapp, London School of Economics (UK) and ProfessorJody Sindelar from Yale University (US) across the 3-day workshop. Other presentations came from other Universities across Europe, including Imperial College London and Kings College London, as well as the University of York, Erasmus University Rotterdam, VU Amsterdam, University of Barcelona and the University of Duisberg-Essen, and US universities such as the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan.

Outcomes of the workshop include the submission of joint ARC grant applications with our network partners at the London School of Economics (UK), the University of Michigan (US), and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands).

10th Workshop on the Economics of Health and Wellbeing

10th Workshop on the Economics of Health and Wellbeing, was held on 11-13 February 2019 at Werribee Mansion Hotel, organised by the International Network on the Economics of Mental Wellbeing. The Productivity Commission, Professor Stephen King, opened the discussion to the workshop presenting on the PC’s Mental Health Inquiry, and the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, Professor Allan Fels AO, gave the Keynote Address: Mental health economics and policy. There were 27 presentations by invited leading researchers, from Universities such as Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney and Deakin University, and Stanford University (US).

International Network on the Economics of Mental Wellbeing

The Centre for Health Economics leads the International Network on the Economics of Mental Wellbeing, where researchers from the University of York, London School of Economics, in the UK, as well as Yale University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the US, will investigate the economic costs of poor mental health and serious disorders on individuals, families, neighbourhoods, workplaces and health care and welfare systems.

The Monash Business School officially launched the International Networks of Excellence on the 27 November 2018 is a major research initiative which the Business School has invested $3 million over three years into three research projects that will explore compelling issues facing business which also have a strong social focus.

International Network of Excellence Workshop on the Economics of Mental Wellbeing

The next event is the International Network of Excellence Workshop on the Economics of Mental Wellbeing, held at Monash Caulfield campus from the 18-20 September, which will start with an evening debate, followed by two days of presentations and discussions. Topics will cover the provision and financing of mental health care services, the evaluation of prevention and treatment interventions, as well as studies of the causes and economic consequences of mental health disorders to individuals, families and communities.

Confirmed International Speakers include

  • Tom Buchmueller (University of Michigan)
  • Rowena Jacobs (University of York)
  • Martin Knapp (London School of Economics)
  • Maarten Lindeboom (VU University Amsterdam)
  • Paul McCrone (Kings College London)
  • Claire de Oliveria (University of Toronto)
  • Rainer Winkelmann (University of Zurich)
  • Barbara Wolfe (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Jan van Ours (Erasmus University)

For more information on the International Network on the Economics of Mental Wellbeing contact the Network Co-ordinator, Dr Claryn Klung.