The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education


4 December 2019

Research projects to target mental health

The Morrison Government is supporting the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers to tackle mental health issues facing Indigenous Australians.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced the Government was providing $4.7 million to fund seven research projects led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers.

Three of the research projects will investigate solutions to mental health challenges:

  • $540,786 to Macquarie University to explore and record Indigenous peoples’ experiences of cyberbullying.
  • $488,698 to The University of Newcastle to investigate a new approach to improving the mental wellbeing of university students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds.
  • $699,000 to Central Queensland University to design, implement and evaluate new approaches to mental health service delivery for young people in three regionally diverse Indigenous Primary Healthcare Services.

"Our Government was the first to recognise the importance of mental health, and we have made mental health one of the four key pillars of the health system," Mr Tehan said.

"The results of the mental health research projects will help inform the Government’s ongoing efforts to address mental health challenges faced by Indigenous Australians.

"These projects are led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers to help support and train the next generation of Indigenous researchers."

More details about the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigenous scheme are available on the ARC website.

Media contact:
Tehan: Byron Vale 02 6277 7350 |