Research and evaluation

Research and evaluation underpins all of Beyond Blue's work, reflecting our commitment to evidence-based practice and continuous improvement.

Since inception, Beyond Blue has an active role in supporting and generating research and has invested more than $65 million into mental health research in depression, anxiety and suicide prevention.


Our role in mental health research

Beyond Blue is focused on translating research knowledge and insights, and building our data capabilities to amplify community insights, not only to inform our own policy and advocacy positions, but to share and support change across the system.

Beyond Blue is both a funder and a translator of research evidence into; policy, practice and behaviour change through our advocacy, programs and services. This is implemented through complementary mechanisms including:
  • Commissioning research and evaluation to support Beyond Blue’s program and service delivery.

  • Investment in large scale, collaborative research programs.
  • Supporting investigator-led research proposals.
  • Knowledge translation activities which support research findings to be applied both within Beyond Blue and by others.

Beyond Blue research priorities

To guide our investment in mental health research, Beyond Blue has developed four research priority areas:

  • Understanding depression, anxiety and suicidality
  • A holistic approach to prevention
  • Better treatments, supports and services
  • Achieving equity

Research and evaluation initiatives

The following initiatives are linked to Beyond Blue’s core activities and research priorities.

Collaborative research programs



Centre of Research Excellence in Childhood Adversity and Associated Depression and Anxiety Beyond Blue has partnered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to jointly fund a $2.5 million Centre of Research Excellence to investigate the prevention of depression, anxiety and suicidality by reducing the occurrence of adverse childhood experiences.

The five-year Centre is being led by Professor Harriet Hiscock from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and involves 11 researchers from across Australia including from Monash University, University of Melbourne, and University of New South Wales. It also supports early career researchers to work in this space.

This world-first centre brings together researchers spanning paediatrics, education, psychology, psychiatry, population health, and health services research to look at producing documents for practitioners and policy makers showing which adverse childhood experiences at which development stages are associated with depression, anxiety and suicidality, and which interventions are most likely to be effective in reducing these. It will establish feasible, acceptable, and costed integrated approaches to identifying and reducing adverse childhood experiences from the antenatal period through to the end of primary school.

For more information about this program visit Centre of Research Excellence in Childhood Adversity and Mental Health

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