RESEARCH IN PROGRESS
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.
AHURI has published the following short summary of the evidence:
AHURI has produced a companion piece to the Trajectories research project:
- Housing and health sector silos contribute to ‘cycle of crisis’ (The Mandarin, 3 June 2019).
- New report examines the existing evidence on housing and mental health pathways (AHURI, 28 May 2019).
Trajectories has two main stages.
Stage 1 will explore 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 (SRS) 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 is seeking partners to contribute to this important new initiative and to make a difference in the lives of people living with mental health issues. Partners will benefit by having access to the data and findings from the research to use for advocacy, policy and project planning.
- 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
National consultations with service practitioners
National consultations with people with lived experience of mental ill-health
|Brisbane||21 - 22 January|
|Adelaide||30 - 31 January|
|Wangaratta||25 - 26 February|
|Hobart||12 - 13 March|
|Bathurst||26 - 27 March|
|ACT||8 - 9 April|
|Regional SA - Berri||12 April|
21 - 22 May
21 - 23 May
5 - 6 June
12 - 14 June
|Activity||Date and Location|
|Presentation at the FACSIAR Evidence to Action Seminar: Pathways in and out of homelessness||5 June in Sydney|
|Symposium and thinktank on 'functional recovery', Ruah Community Services||27 June in Sydney|
|Presentation at the National Housing Conference||27-30 August 2019 in Darwin|