About MIND the GaP

Each year, almost one in every five Australians experiences a mental health illness. Research indicates that people in regional and remote areas are less likely to seek help for mental illness than their metro counterparts and help may be less available to them. Suicides rates in rural communities are avoidably high.

The Shoalhaven area has a higher burden of health conditions than all other communities within the Illawarra-Shoalhaven catchment area and greater than NSW and national levels.

MIND the GaP is an initiative jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government through the National Stronger Regions Fund ($1.229M) and the University of Wollongong ($1.230M) and will form a Mental Health and Wellbeing focus for researchers and community service providers to collaborate in the development and delivery of new best practice mental health care initiatives delivered on a regional basis

The initiative is led by Shoalhaven City Council and the University of Wollongong, and its consortium of partners including Lifeline South Coast, Lifeline Australia Research Foundation, Coordinaire, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISHLD), and Noah’s Shoalhaven.

MIND the GaP addresses the innovation challenge of improving the mental wellbeing of communities by enhancing community support and preventative mental health care through the translation of research innovations into applied science.

Our People

MIND the GaP Project Manager

Committee Members

  • Professor Mitch Byrne
    Associate Dean Education (intoHealth), UOW
    Chair of Committee
  • Professor Alison Jones
    Deputy Vice Chancellor (Health and Communities) and Executive Dean (SMAH) UOW
    MIND the GaP - Operations
  • David Toll
    Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, UOW
    MIND the GaP - Operations
  • Mr Luke Molloy
    School of Nursing, UOW
    MIND the GaP - Education Portfolio
  • Paula Hakesley
    Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
    MIND the GaP - Health Portfolio