Building networks for mental health
Exploring opportunities for digital innovation in mental health research was the focus of an Industry Networking event held by the Turner Institute last week.
Representatives from some of Australia’s most successful health technology start-ups came to hear Turner Director Professor Kim Cornish and Deputy Director Professor Shantha Rajaratnam share their vision for the Institute’s digital mental health platform.
“Brain and mental health issues touch everyone in society in one form or another across the lifespan. Left untreated, mental health problems can spiral to create a lifelong burden on people, families and communities,” explained Professor Cornish.
“Thanks to the generosity of the late Mr David Winston Turner, Monash is now poised to begin offering our communities unprecedented access to innovative treatments for brain and mental health conditions,” she said.
Professor Rajaratnam identified the formation of key industry partnerships as one of the priorities for the Institute, as it seeks to meet the growing needs if the community.
“One of our priorities is to develop partnerships with people who can help us to advance our work in the digital health space, which is why it is so important to us to engage with those who bring expertise, resources and capabilities in this space,” he said.
“Our vision is to create a platform that is open, accessible and scalable, and is at the intersection of patient demands for trust and control, and the need for transparent, translational and data-driven tools.”