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 has develop a typology of trajectories (case studies) to understand typical housing and mental health pathways. The research explores people's housing histories and the range of factors that have influenced their aspirations for an 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 (SRS) and various forms of congregate accommodation (e.g. boarding houses, psych hostels); the role of the NDIS now and into the future; and differences between the states.

The approach and more information on partnerships can be found in the AHURI Mind Australia Trajectories Prospectus.

The final report from the project will be launched at the AHURI event, Housing: the foundation for mental health. This event will take place on 19 February 2020 at the Mercure Sydney.

Key facts mental health and housing pathways

Key facts mental health and housing pathways references


Mind Australia

Each Housing

Helping MindsNeami National
WellwaysHousing Choices Australia
National Mental Health CommissionTangentyere Council
Bloodwood Tree AssociationCAAH
MHACALarrakia Nation
Yilli HousingNT Shelter
Danila DilbaTeamHEALTH
  • 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