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The Black Dog Institute (BDI) undertakes research into depression, conducts clinical research in its clinics, and develops and implements suicide prevention strategies.

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) conducts research to prevent, treat and cure brain and nervous system diseases, disorders and injuries.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) runs the world-leading Prince of Wales Hospital as well as local community-based services.

UNSW Sydney, one of Australia’s Group of Eight leading universities, has an especially strong reputation in life sciences and medicine.


Together, the Members’ clinicians, researchers, health system professionals, students and lived experience advocates form a unique and highly concentrated hub of expertise across multiple disciplines relating to mental health, drug and alcohol and neurological disorders. Centred in the South Eastern Sydney region as part of the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct, but with the capacity to serve the whole NSW community and influence service improvement across the whole of Australia.


The Mindgardens Neuroscience Network is anchored in commitments to :

  • ensure patients, their families and carers can participate fully in their own treatment planning and bring their perspectives to the design of services and research studies;
  • deeply integrate the knowledge and insights of nurses, doctors, allied health and other clinicians into all its work;
  • efficiently use and build upon existing service and research structures;
  • emphasise the development of sustainable and scalable models of care, so consistent practice based on sound evidence is business as usual;
  • promote innovation and translation research as core business;
  • emphasise the expanding role of leading-edge technologies, especially in prevention;
  • routinely measure outcomes that are important to patients’ lives;
  • support the linkage of data from the partner organisations and external collaborators, to increase understanding of patients’ journeys; and
  • fully and quickly share results with the community and the broader health sector.

In all its work, Mindgardens promotes the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental health, drug and alcohol and neurological disorders, to ensure its research and clinical projects remain focused on the needs and aspirations of consumers.