The interplay between mental health and housing pathways

Mind Australia and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute have partnered in an exciting new research venture.

Trajectories is a national study that will develop a clearer understanding of the relationships between the housing and mental health pathways of people with mental health issues, in order to identify potential points of practical intervention and key issues for system improvement.

The study will develop a typology of trajectories (case studies) to understand typical housing and mental health pathways. It will also identify failure points in the housing and mental health systems—failure points represent missed opportunities for early intervention, and potential key points for system improvement.

It is intended that Trajectories will also contribute to an improved understanding of the housing needs of NDIS participants with mental health issues.

Research approach

Trajectories has been designed in two main stages. The first stage is confirmed. The second is dependent on securing sufficient partners.

Stage 1 explores people’s housing histories and the range of factors that have influenced their aspirations for and choices of housing, including the types of housing people live in; what housing they can afford; what housing they would prefer to live in; the role and appropriateness of Supported Residential Services and various forms of congregate accommodation (e.g. boarding houses, psych hostels); the role of NDIS now and into the future; and differences between the states.

Stage 2 will examine the costs to government and whole of government cost offsets for identified failure points.

Ways to get involved

Trajectories has already secured a number of partners who are working with us on Stage 1.

We are now seeking partners to contribute to Stage 2 of this important new initiative, and to make a difference in the lives of people living with mental health issues. Partners for Stage 2 will benefit by having access to the data and findings from the research to use for advocacy, policy and project planning.

Download the AHURI Mind Australia Trajectories Prospectus

Key facts mental health and housing pathways

Key facts mental health and housing pathways references

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Flourish Australia
NEAMI NationalNEAMI National
WellwaysHousing Choices Australia
National Mental Health Commission Tangentyere Council
Bloodwood Tree Association Central Australian Affordable Housing Company
Mental Health Association Central Australia Larrakia Nation
Yilli Rreung Housing Aboriginal Corporation NT Shelter

National consultations with service practitioners



6 June


7 June


18 June


21 June


26 June


28 June


2 July


26 August

National consultations with people with lived experience of mental ill-health

Melbourne16 January
Brisbane21 - 22 January
Adelaide30 - 31 January
Wangaratta25 - 26 February
Hobart12 - 13 March
Bathurst26 - 27 March
ACT8 - 9 April
Regional SA - Berri12 April


21 - 22 May

Port Headland

21 - 23 May


5 - 6 June


12 - 14 June

Alice Springs




AHURI has published the following short summary of the evidence:

Trajectories: the interplay between mental health and housing pathways

AHURI has produced a companion piece to the Trajectories research project:

Housing, homelessness and mental health: towards systems change

  • Prof. Andrew Beer, University of South Australia
  • Assoc. Prof. Emma Baker, Adelaide University
  • Katherine McKernan, Homelessness NSW
  • Dr. Melek Cigdem-Bayram, RMIT University
  • Dr. Lisa Brophy, University of Melbourne
  • Dr. Priscilla Ennals, Neami National
  • Prof. Carol Harvey, University of Melbourne
  • Assoc. Prof. Dan Siskind, University of Queensland
  • Mr Paul Hardcastle, Department of Social Services
  • Prof. Guy Johnson, RMIT University
  • Assoc. Prof. Cameron Parsell, University of Queensland