Prof Tony Jorm and Dr Steve Carbone from Prevention United have written an article for The Conversation on the importance of flattening the 'other' coronavurs curve: our looming mental health crisis.

They argue for a focus on preventing new cases of mental disorders and on growing the capacity of our mental health-care system to manage any increase in people needing help.


Stipend of $27,082 per annum over 3 years
The Centre of Research Excellence in PRevention and Early intervention in Mental Illness and Substance use (PREMISE) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is offering one PhD scholarship to carry out innovative prevention and early intervention mental health or substance use research. It is expected that the successful applicant will enrol in Semester 2, 2018 through the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney.
The increased availability of treatment has not reduced the prevalence of mental disorders, suggesting a need for a greater emphasis on prevention. With chronic physical diseases, successful prevention efforts have focused on reducing the big risk factors. If this approach is applied to mental disorders, the big risk factors are adverse childhood experiences, which have major effects on most classes of mental disorder across the lifespan.
Many people identified as having common mental disorders in community surveys do not receive treatment. Modelling has suggested that closing
this “treatment gap” should reduce the population prevalence of those disorders. To evaluate the effects of reducing the treatment gap
in industrialized countries, data from 1990 to 2015 were reviewed from four English-speaking countries: Australia, Canada, England and the
US. These data show that the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders and symptoms has not decreased, despite substantial increases in the
Systematic reviews have established that partner support protects against perinatal mood problems.
It is therefore a key target for interventions designed to prevent maternal and paternal depression and anxiety.
Nonetheless, the extant literature is yet to be translated into specific actions that parents can implement. Prevention
efforts aiming to facilitate reciprocal partner support within the couple dyad need to provide specific guidance on how

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) account for the largest burden of early mortality and are predicted to cost the
global community more than US $30 trillion over the next 20 years. Unhealthy dietary habits, in large part driven by
substantial changes to global food systems, are recognised as major contributors to many of the common NCDs,
including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. Recent evidence now indicates that unhealthy diets are also

Modelling studies suggest that less than 30% of the burden of mental disorders can be averted, even with optimal care and access to services. This points to the need to reduce the incidence of mental disorders, utilising evidence-based prevention strategies and policy action.


Go to top