Our mission

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.


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Collaboration and partnership
A learning ecosystem

Our history







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.

Our team

Our people bring diverse perspectives to our shared work

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Our board

Strategic, business and professional governance expertise

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Corporate information

Mindgardens reports, policies and strategy documents

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Our Members

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

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.

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

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South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

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.

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UNSW Sydney

UNSW Sydney

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

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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.

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