Coming together to make a difference
Mindgardens Neuroscience Network was established to improve the lives of people who experience mental health, drug and alcohol and neurological disorders.
At Mindgardens, we bridge the gaps that have held our sector back. We are tackling decades-long delays between original discoveries and changes to practice. We are amplifying missing voices, including those of consumers, so they can challenge conventional thinking. We are breaking down barriers between academic researchers and people working at the coal-face. And we are scaling up pilot programs into efficient, responsive models of care.
Powered by innovation
We lead in the translation of research evidence into better care and support, responding to real-world questions and priorities across mental health, drug and alcohol and neurological disorders.
Collaboration and partnership
We provide the framework for our Member organisations to work together effectively and efficiently, combining their strengths to deliver the most meaningful patient-centred health and wellbeing outcomes.
A learning ecosystem
We are committed to high quality training, education, and support systems for our clinicians, researchers, health managers, peer workforce and community, building our capacity so everyone can contribute to achieving our shared goals.
Mindgardens is established
The Mindgardens Neuroscience Network makes its debut as a research partnership, established through a $7 million grant from the Commonwealth Government.
Seventeen projects are initiated across mental health, drug and alcohol and neurological disorders.
Mindgardens is launched
The Mindgardens board, executive team and scientists launch the organisation to an audience of politicians, research leaders and community members.
Additional project funding is received from NSW Government and private sources.
Professor Jackie Curtis appointed
After an international search, Professor Curtis is announced as Executive Director.
With extensive experience as a translational research leader and highly respected in clinical practice internationally, her appointment opens new opportunities for Mindgardens.
Mindgardens joins up with RHIP
The Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct confirms Mindgardens as an inaugural participant, with shared objectives for campus-wide collaboration.
Established as a company
Signalling its maturity, the Mindgardens Neuroscience Network transitioned from a partnership of its Members to become a company limited by guarantee.
A new home for Mindgardens
The Mindgardens team moves into dedicated office space at NeuRA headquarters in Randwick.
Mindgardens brings together the strength of our four founding Member organisations, supporting them to share their unique expertise to address the most pressing challenges in mental health, drug and alcohol and neurological disorders.
Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute (BDI) is the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan. It studies depression, anxiety and suicide prevention, integrating research, education programs, digital tools and apps, clinical services, and public resources to discover new solutions, foster connections and create real-world change.Visit website
Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) conducts research to prevent, treat and cure brain and nervous system diseases, disorders and injuries.Visit website
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District provides care to more than 930,000 residents from Sydney’s CBD to the outskirts of the southern suburbs. SESLHD has nine hospitals and range of community based health care services.Visit website
UNSW Sydney, one of Australia’s Group of Eight leading universities, has an especially strong reputation in life sciences and medicine.View website
Mindgardens is a key collaborator in the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct (RHIP), which has been established to maximise the benefits from physically co-locating UNSW, Randwick campus hospitals, medical research institutes and health partners. As a young organisation that is already partnering successfully across these sectors, Mindgardens is powerful contributor to the Precinct where it represents the benefits and impacts of this approach.
News & Events
Decolonising mental health systems: Global experiences of wellbeingApril 25, 2023
As part of the webinar, each shared their experiences of walking in two worlds and of navigating mental health systems to ensure the wellbeing, healing, and self-determination of Indigenous peoples.
Apathy may predict progression to dementiaApril 27, 2023
It is common amongst older people, affecting between 10-35% of people aged over 65.
Self-harm intervention for children is needed, a new study findsApril 25, 2023
Research has found 6055 adolescents aged 10–14 attended an emergency department in New South Wales for self-harm over a five-year period – 2276 of them for a repeat incidence.
Brings together the strengths of four founding organisations