Who We Work With

We are proud to say that we have the nation’s largest concentration of experience and expertise in conducting clinical trials in mental health, with over 40 leading mental health institutions, health services and lived experience partners joining forces.


Our Founding Partners

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Australian Association of Psychologists Inc.

The Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi) is a peak not-for-profit psychology association dedicated to promoting excellence and fostering a unified community of psychologists nationwide. AAPi serves as a central hub for psychologists from diverse backgrounds and areas of practice, offering a platform where they can connect, engage, and exchange insights. AAPi is leading the way in advocacy for the systemic issues facing psychology.

Australian Clinical Trials Alliance

The Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) is the national peak body supporting and representing networks of clinician-researchers conducting investigator-initiated clinical trials. ACTA also represents clinical quality registries, and clinical trial coordinating centres which play a fundamental role within the Australian healthcare system. ACTA has assisted MAGNET in its establishment and will continue to support the function of the CTN.

Australian National University

The Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University is a leader in conducting trials to establish the effectiveness of digital interventions to prevent and treat mental ill health. We also have a strong research focus on identifying optimal methods for implementing effective interventions into practice. The overarching aim of of our research is to provide the knowledge and tools to ensure people have the supports they need to be mentally healthy and live well.

Barwon Health

Formed in 1998, Barwon Health is one of the largest and most comprehensive regional health services in Australia, providing care at all stages of life and circumstance. Health services available through Barwon Health cover the full spectrum from primary care, community services, aged care, rehabilitation, mental health, emergency and acute care. With the exception of neurosurgery and transplantation, virtually all other specialties are available through University Hospital Geelong.

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provide information and support for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention for everyone in Australia.

Bionics Institute

The Bionics Institute is an internationally recognised, independent medical research institute that solves medical challenges with technology. The Institute leads the world in the research and development of innovative medical devices and therapies to improve human health.

Bipolar Australia

Bipolar Australia is the peak national, not-for-profit organisation, supporting everyone affected by bipolar disorders, including people with the condition, their families and carers, mental health services and professionals. Bipolar Australia raises community awareness, provides broad-based education programs, promotes a positive understand amongst health care professionals and service providers and encourages the formation of support groups.

Blackdog Institute

Black Dog Institute conducts world-class translational mental health research across the lifespan. By integrating our research studies, education programs, digital tools and apps, clinical services, and public resources we aim to discover new solutions, foster connections and create real-world change in mental health.


BrainPark is a globally unique neuroscience research facility. It has been purpose-built to blend contemporary neuroscience discoveries with emerging innovations in lifestyle medicine and digital therapeutics. As experts in the science of behaviour, cognition, brain and mental health, the BrainPark team investigates how everyday lifestyle activities and digital tools can be used to both track and improve brain and mental health. BrainPark’s overarching ambition is to use neuroscience to create healthy habits, brains and communities.

Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland

Launched in 2015, the Child Health Research Centre (CHRC) brings together leading researchers to tackle global challenges in child and adolescent health. Our research aims to understand more about the health of children and the potential to prevent disease and disability before it even occurs. No matter what our individual research groups are focused on – our collective vision is the same: to prevent disease and disability before it occurs, thereby giving children the gift of life-long health.

Curtin University

Curtain University and the enAble Institute’s mission is to conduct innovative research in partnership with communities and industry that enables the implementation of evidence-informed solutions that promote health and wellbeing across the lifespan. We work with people, communities, and care systems to conduct research that enables people to live happier and healthier lives within their communities.

Deakin University

Located across Melbourne and Geelong, Deakin University’s Faculty of Health is one of the largest and fastest-growing health faculties in Australia.Through teaching and research partnerships, they make enduring contributions to local, regional and global communities.

First Nations Co

First Nations Co. was borne out of a desire by Leilani Darwin, our CEO and Founder, to build a community-led Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consulting business whose sole purpose is to deliver improved outcomes for the community.

Flinders University

Flinders University Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing. Taking a whole-of-person approach across the lifespan, we incorporate research from educational and preventative science, to service delivery models and experience in health systems.

George Institute

The George Institute is a leading independent global medical research institute with major centres in Australia, China, India and the UK, and an international network of experts and collaborators. They aim to improve the health of millions of people worldwide, particularly those living in disadvantaged circumstances, by challenging the status quo and using innovative approaches to prevent and treat non-communicable diseases and injury.

InsideOut Institute

InsideOut is Australia’s national institute for research, translation and clinical excellence in eating disorders. With resources, rigour and perseverance we aim to transform the landscape for people with eating disorders in this country, and ultimately find a cure. The Institute comprises a team of expert researchers, clinicians and public policy-makers committed to ensuring every person with an eating disorder has access to the best possible care.

Institute of Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland

Every cure starts with a scientific discovery by someone who imagined a better future. At the Institute for Molecular Bioscience our goal is to create a better future by making breakthrough discoveries to improve health and wellbeing.

Matilda Centre

The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney is a multidisciplinary research centre committed to improving the health and wellbeing of people affected by substance use and mental disorders. We work closely with research, policy, community, clinical and lived experience collaborators to share skills, synergise data and harness new technologies to develop and trial innovative prevention and early-intervention programs.  We are committed to translating this evidence base into policy and practice and building the next generation of future research leaders.

Melbourne Health

Melbourne Health is one of Australia’s leading public healthcare providers delivering services through the Royal Melbourne Hospital, one of Australia’s preeminent hospitals, NorthWestern Mental Health, the largest mental health provider in Victoria, and the internationally renowned Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL).

Mental Health Australia

Mental Health Australia is the national peak body representing the mental health sector in Australia that provides MAGNET with networks and platforms to engage with mental health sector stakeholders.

Mental Illness Fellowship Australia

MIFA works in partnership with our Member organisations to understand the needs and issues for people affected by severe mental illness. This collaboration strengthens our advocacy and the work that we do. We aim to succeed together to cause positive change and enhance the quality of life for everyone affected by severe mental illness in Australia.

Mindgardens Neuroscience Network

Mindgardens brings together the strengths of founding Members UNSW Sydney, Neuroscience Research Australia, Black Dog Institute and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District in a highly concentrated hub of expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience mental health, drug and alcohol and neurological disorders. Focused on real-world challenges, Mindgardens integrates multidisciplinary research, patient health care and education, ensuring original discoveries and new models of care can be implemented rapidly in clinical practice. Mindgardens will bring this translational expertise and system focus to MAGNET, and where appropriate will facilitate the participation of South Eastern Sydney sites in MAGNET projects.

Monash University

Monash University is one of Australia’s largest universities with campuses across Victoria and internationally in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, India and Italy. There are extensive educational programs across the entire spectrum of mental health and illness from preclinical research through to all clinical disciplines. Similarly, numerous research groups investigate from the genetic, molecular and cellular origins of mental illness and behaviour through psychological mechanisms and treatments to novel pharmacological interventions.

Neuroscience Victoria

NSV is committed to the continued development and collaboration of a national, vibrant, and collegial neuroscience and mental health medical research network. NSV plays a pivotal role in driving the translation of medical research initiatives into commercial, health and patient outcomes by coordinating seamless relationships between universities and academic research institutions by pursuing funding opportunities through government and industry.


Orygen is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.

Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT)

The PREDICT (Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative) network has established a profile as successful paediatric emergency researchers since 2004 and now provides a research platform for achieving multicentre acute care paediatric research in Australia and New Zealand. As knowledge leaders, PREDICT is also ideally positioned to ensure rapid and successful translation of research outcomes into widespread practice.

Phoenix Australia

Phoenix Australia works across government, industry and organisations who’s staff or clients are exposed, or risk exposure to traumatic events.

Prevention United

Prevention United is a new national charity with an exclusive focus on promoting mental wellbeing and preventing mental health conditions – across the entire spectrum of conditions.

Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

The Queensland Brain Institute is a leading neuroscience research institute with collaborators across more than 48 countries. Our research focuses on brain development and plasticity, mental health, cognition and behaviour, brain injury, ageing and dementia.

Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research

Established in 1987 QCMHR is Queensland’s premier mental health research organisation with a vision to reduce the impact of mental illness in our communities. QCMHR is an academic health partnership between Queensland Health and The University of Queensland. Hosted by West Moreton Health QCMHR is funded by Queensland Health to contribute to the Queensland Australian and global mental health research effort.

Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR Berghofer)

The role of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR Berghofer) will be to coordinate genetic activities of MAGNET, initially by arranging collection of saliva [from which DNA is extracted] from all participants in MAGNET projects


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The College has over 7700 members, including more than 5500 qualified psychiatrists (consisting of both Fellows and Affiliates of the College) and over 2100 members who are training to qualify as psychiatrists (referred to as Associate members or trainees).

Research Matters

In 2003, Sarah received a grant from beyondblue’s Centre of Excellence to investigate how people with a mental illness stay well. Her book ‘A lifelong journey: staying well with bipolar disorder’ has helped many thousands of people with a mental illness to live happy and productive lives.


SANE is the leading national mental health organisation for people with complex mental health issues in Australia and for the families and friends that support them.

society for mental health research

As the peak body for mental health research in Australia and New Zealand, SMHR engages in advocacy to improve the funding of mental health research through its links with government, the NHMRC and the Mental Health Council of Australia, as well as other relevant organisations. SMHR can be your conduit to informing key individuals who control research funding or who support mental health research in Australia.

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

Founded in 1857 by the Sisters of Charity, St Vincent’s Hospital is one of Australia’s most iconic Hospitals, which functions as a full service acute public teaching hospital. Part of the NSW-based arm of St Vincent’s Health Australia, the Hospital provides significant training and research activities housing several specialty units that are internationally recognised as centres of excellence.

St Vincents Health

St Vincent’s Health is part of the St Vincent’s Health Australia group of companies, Australia’s largest not-for-profit Catholic health and aged care provider. St Vincent’s health provides medical and surgical services, subacute care, aged care, correctional health, mental health services and a range of community and outreach services.

Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology is a world-class university creating social and economic impacts through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne’s strength in mental health research, especially the conduct of clinical trials will be critical to the success of the MAGNET initiative.

Tasmanian Emergency Medicine Research Group

Emergency Departments serve the community as a place to seek healthcare, when no other avenues appear possible. Through MAGNET, our aim is to use the ED to provide a signal as to how the system is supporting those with mental illness, as well as looking at ways to optimise care of acute crisis to minimise further trauma.

The Butterfly Foundation

Butterfly is the national charity for all Australians impacted by eating disorders and body image issues, and for the families, friends and communities who support them. Butterfly changes lives by providing innovative, evidence-based support services, treatment and resources, prevention and early intervention programs, and by advocating for the needs of our community.

The Clinical Research Unit, Ramsay Clinic

Professor Hopwood leads the Clinical research Unit within the Professorial Psychiatry Unit at Albert Road Clinic in Melbourne. This unit forms part of the Victorian Clinical Trial Network and is active in clinical trials in a range of mental health conditions including mood and anxiety disorders. Areas of particular attention include novel pharmacotherapies and pharmacogenomics.

The Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT)

At Deakin’s School of Medicine, IMPACT develops new and effective responses to mental and physical health for our community. The team over over 300 researchers use cutting-edge approaches to translate medical research from the laboratory to real-world solutions.

The Menzies Institute for Medical Research

The Menzies Institute for Medical Research exists to perform internationally significant medical research leading to healthier, longer and better lives for Tasmanians, including their mental health. Our context is an island community that has limited funding for health care and specific challenges relating to disadvantage. Researchers at the Menzies have been the major conduit for Tasmanian involvement in MAGNET.

The Professorial Unit of The Melbourne Clinic

The Professorial Unit of The Melbourne Clinic is affiliated with The University of Melbourne Department of Psychiatry. The Unit has led clinical trials program involving novel treatments, antidepressants, mood stabilizers and novel antioxidant agents in the treatment of major depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.

The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide Discipline of Psychiatry provides a comprehensive teaching program and undertakes internationally recognised translational research in biological and clinical psychiatry. Our expertise spans population, digital, imaging, electrophysiology and -omics data across multidisciplinary preclinical and clinical studies of novel mechanisms, biomarkers and treatments. Our goal is to build translational systems to integrate and push the boundaries of current knowledge to improve outcomes and reduce the personal and public burden of mental illness.

The University of Melbourne

Independent world rankings place the University of Melbourne as the number 1 university in Australia and among the leading universities internationally. Our mental health research focuses on improving our understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. It covers a broad range of psychiatric research, including prediction and biomarker research, neuropsychiatry, psychopharmacology, neuroimaging, psychosocial research, economic evaluation, ethics, psychiatric epidemiology, and mental health service delivery.

The University of New South Wales

UNSW Psychiatry and Mental Health represents one of the leading university research groups in the field internationally, and includes staff from a wide range of disciplines to address complex research problems.

The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is home to a range of world-leading research centres, institutes and clinics conducting cutting edge research across a range of mental health conditions. Our multidisciplinary teams of academics and clinical researchers are spread across the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Brain and Mind Centre, CADE Clinic, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, InsideOut Institute, Kolling Institute, Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, Westmead Institute for Medical Research. Together we aim to improve our understanding and responses to mental health conditions through innovative clinical trials, laboratory and community based research.

The University of Tasmania

Department of Psychiatry, University of Tasmania contributes to establishing, planning and executing clinical trials related to mental health.

The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA) was established in 1911 as the State’s first university – it was also the first free university in the British Empire, actively promoting equal access to tertiary education for all social classes. Today, UWA is among the top 100 universities in the world, number one in Western Australia and is one of Australia’s most respected research institutions. UWA is a leading global university, renowned for excellence in education and research, particularly in mental health. UWA is committed to the education of mental health practitioners, and the training of mental health researchers. We offer expertise in research to identify risk factors for poorer mental health, in clinical trials and in the translation of basic research into practice.

The University of Western Sydney

Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute is Australia’s global leader in integrative medicine research and policy. As an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 5 ranking institute, we are globally recognised for our world-class research and innovation in integrative medicine. We are committed to social responsibility and the highest degree of integrity, ethics, and scientific enquiry. From the bench to the bedside, preclinical, clinical and translational, we advance the evidence-base, focusing on quality, safety, and efficacy.

the white coats foundation

The white coats foundation aims to raise awareness about the importance of clinical trials in advancing medical science and healthcare. They fulfill this mission through various initiatives, including research, educational resources, and events that promote listening, learning, collaboration, networking, and sharing.

TRIALS, Deakin University

TRIALS, a research group dedicated to exploring novel interventions for mental illness.

Turning Point

Turning Point is Australia’s leading provider of treatment, training and clinical research in the field of addiction and is affiliated with Monash University. Through an integrated program of clinical engagement, innovative research and knowledge translation, and workforce education and training, Turning Point remains committed to breaking down stigma, and an evolving understanding of how to improve society’s responses to addiction.


Wellways is one of Australia’s largest and most respected mental health, wellbeing and carer service providers. They connect people, strengthen families and transform communities for individuals of all ages experiencing disabilities or challenges to their social and emotional wellbeing.