What is WAMHRA?

The Western Australian Mental Health Research Alliance (WAMHRA) is a collaborative platform which aims to fill the gap in information about mental health research being carried out in Western Australia, facilitate collaboration between individuals with similar research interests, and bring together universities, clinical service providers and other agencies.

In 2016, consultative workshops were carried out with the aim of discussing ways to strengthen research activities pertaining to mental health being conducted by researchers and practitioners, and support the research need of health agencies. One outcome was a consensus agreement on annual meetings which can serve as a vehicle for communication and collaboration, as well as a publicly available website which lists ongoing studies, and that people could rely on to find out about researchers, current projects, resources and opportunities.

The current website lists mental health researchers and projects in WA.  It now lists >140 individual researchers across all of WA’s major Universities (UWA, Curtin, ECU, Murdoch and Notre Dame), Institutes (Telethon, Clinical Research Centre, Perron Institute, Perron Institute, Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry, Ear Science Institute, Clinical Research Departments, National Drug Research Institutes, Centre for Clinical Interventions, Centre for Transformation), and organisations and hospitals.

Expertise and resources on offer

WAMHRA Researchers seek and offer many opportunities for collaboration including:

  • Access to participants (clinical cohorts, healthy participants)
  • Access to data (clinical, neuropsychological, DNA, serum, plasma, phenotype)
  • Access to equipment (MRI, eye tracking, brain stimulation, sleep, hearing loss)

Who can join?

Anyone in Western Australia who is interested in, or conducting, research in the area of mental health can join the Alliance.

WAMHRA researchers have a broad range of interests including vulnerable groups (forensics, families and carers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait people, LGBTI, refugees), early and late life (antenatal, perinatal, childhood, adolescent, aging, neurodevelopment), clinical disorders and conditions (psychosis, affective disorder, anxiety, personality disorder, autism, eating disorders, neurological disorders, TBI) and research topics (social cognition, functional outcomes, cultural psychiatry, alcohol and drugs, microbiome, genetics, computational psychiatry, workplace factors, reading disorders, self-harm, trauma, lived experience, recovery, primary care, ethics, medications, health service research, physical health, stigma)

All material listed in the registration page is available publicly.

You start by joining the Alliance, and building your profile for others to see.  The registration page asks about your organisation, profession, research interest key words, and a list of your project with short descriptions.

There are also two sections where you can list opportunities, skills or resources that you may be willing to share, or that you are looking for. These can refer to range of any opportunities directly related to research activities, including student supervision, availability of cohorts, biobanks, scanners, funding, consumer champions, or research positions.

Where can I find the information I need?

You don’t need to join the Alliance to find the information you need.

You can search for collaborations or opportunities by starting your search in the directory of researchers, which contains information about researchers’ current projects and areas of interest.

You can filter your search by research activities categories, or search by keywords for names, organisations, broad or specific research interest.  Information that match your query will be listed, together with the contact details of the relevant researchers.