Welcome to Melbourne Children’s Campus, where we take pride in our rich history of pioneering world-class research to enhance the health and well-being of children and their caregivers.

At the Royal Children's Hospital, MCRI, and Melbourne University, we recognize the vital role of lived experience in shaping our research endeavours, particularly in the realm of children and young people's mental health. We actively engage with the perspectives of individuals, including families and other caregivers, who have directly navigated the challenges associated with mental health.

Lived experience offers invaluable insights into mental health's subjective and nuanced aspects, providing a unique viewpoint that complements traditional research methods. By incorporating the firsthand perspectives of those directly affected, our researchers gain a profound understanding of the hurdles faced by patients and their support networks.

This inclusive approach enhances the relevance and applicability of our research findings and fosters a more patient-centered and holistic approach to mental health care. By collaborating with individuals who bring lived experience to the table, we aim to reduce stigma, promote collaboration, and ensure that our interventions and policies are grounded in real-world experiences. Ultimately, this leads to the development of more effective and compassionate healthcare practices for the benefit of all.

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Acknowledgement of Country

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At Mental Health Central we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, gather and work. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We acknowledge all people with a lived or living experience of mental ill-health and recovery. At the Campus, we particularly acknowledge children, young people, families, carers, and supporters. We recognise their vital contribution and value the courage of those who share this unique perspective for the purpose of learning and growing together to achieve better outcomes for the Campus, staff, sector, and all people of lived experience.


Proudly supported by The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation