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UC Mental Health Policy Unit sits within the Health Research Institute. It focusses on population-based mental health research relevant to policy and practice and aims to improve the mental health of Australians through research, education, and policy development.

EMPOWER Project Staff:

Prof Luis Salvador-Carulla MD, PhD
Prof Luis Salvador-Carulla MD, PhD

Head, Centre for Mental Health Research
Research School of Population Health, Australian National University

luis.salvador-carulla@canberra.edu.au

Luis is Professor of mental health and the Co-Deputy Director of the Health Research Institute, University of Canberra. His main field of interest is decision support tools for the analysis of complex health systems and policy in public health with a special focus on mental health, ageing, disability and intellectual developmental disorders. He is honour member of the World Psychiatry Association, past president of the association of Spanish Researchers in Australia Pacific and scientific secretary of the Instituto Cervantes Academic Forum in Australia. He has intensively participated in the development of international networks in mental health, person centred medicine, healthy ageing, and bridging and knowledge transfer.

He has been advisor to the Government of Catalonia (Spain), the Spanish Ministry of Health, the European Commission (EC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). He coordinated the European Commission (EC) project eDESDE-LTC for the development of a European classification of services for long term care. He participated as national coordinator in the EC project Refinement to develop a toolkit for the assessment of financing of mental health systems, and PECUNIA for producing standards units in costs analysis in Europe.

He has coordinated the Integrated Atlas of Mental Health Project for mapping mental health services in over 50 local areas around the World including remote areas in the Artic (Nunavik and Lapland) and in Australia. He chaired the WHO working group on the classification of intellectual disabilities at chapter V of the International Classification of Diseases. He received the Leon Eisenberg Award of the Harvard Medical School in 2012.

Sue Lukersmith
Sue Lukersmith

Associate Professor Disability and Health Implementation Research.

sue.lukersmith@canberra.edu.au

Sue worked across health and disability sectors as a therapist, educator, consultant and then managing director of a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation practice for over 20 years. She then worked internationally with the World Health Organization, based in Geneva and continues this part time from Australia on international reports and the WHO ICF and ICHI Australia Interest Groups.

Her research is across academia and industry sectors. She has worked in real world industry-based research for 15 years including evidence-based practice advisor, a panellist for the National Health and Medical Research Council, and clinical guideline methodologist and developer for complex interventions for people with a disability. The focus of Sue’s research is on best practice person-centred and integrated care, implementation research and complex interventions for people with disability and chronic conditions. She has built an international reputation as a health services expert particularly on care coordination/ case management and impact analysis.

Project Team:

Sebastian Rosenberg
Sebastian Rosenberg

Senior Lecturer at the Brain and Mind Centre at Sydney University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra.

He completed his PhD in 2017, focusing on the issue of mental health and accountability – trying to tell whether what we are doing is really helping people. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and is active in public debate about mental health. He previously worked as a public servant in both state and federal governments and also as a consultant.

He was a member of the Board of Woden Community Services for four years and has also served a term as a member of an NHMRC Committee. Sebastian has been appointed International Advisor to Universidad Loyola Andalucia on the Refinement-Spain Project in relation to mental health financing systems. His research into different aspects of accountability in mental health continues, through projects with government and other organisations.

Tom Chen
Tom Chen

Associate Professor in marketing in the Canberra Business School at the University of Canberra, Australia.

He holds an Honorary Associate Professor position at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University. He obtained his PhD from the Queensland University of Technology in 2011. Tom’s research interests span service research, marketing theory and marketing strategy, and include co-creation and engagement.

His current research focuses on co-creation initiatives and solutions, co-creative consumers’ psychological states, customer initiation of value co-creation, and customer engagement strategies, particularly in the context of disruptive service systems (e.g., smart cities and platform economies), as well as population/ public health service provision, digital health platform, mental health engagement framework, and healthcare and wellbeing. He is named the “Australia’s research field leader in Marketing 2020” by the Australian, and the co-founder of the Co-creation in Service and Customer Engagement (CCIS-CE) Symposium and the Sharing Smart Cities Consortium.

Cindy Woods
Cindy Woods

Research Fellow at the University of Canberra (UC).

She is an experienced researcher across the health sector and has over 80 publications, a book chapter and numerous conference presentations. Her research focuses on impact analysis, public health, Indigenous health, mental health, trauma and resilience, health services research, and epidemiology.

Nasser Bagheri
Nasser Bagheri

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Geography and recipient of an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship.

He leads a spatial epidemiology team and co-leads the Visualisation and Decision Analytics (VIDEA) lab at the University of Canberra. His research has focused on chronic disease risk assessment, particularly dementia, cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, mental health and multiple sclerosis. He has a particular interest in health care ecosystem approach, spatial variation and quantifying the impact of modifiable risk factors including lifestyle and built environment, on chronic disease risk using big data and complex data set analyses.

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