About the Centre


In January 2009 the University of Melbourne established a new Centre for Youth Mental Health within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, where the academic and professional staff of Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health are now based. Many staff members were previously from other University Departments (notably Psychiatry and Psychology).

The creation of this academic and administrative structure reflects the multidisciplinary nature of this field of inquiry and knowledge, and its growing scientific and practical breadth and significance. This is only the fourth such supra-departmental structure to be created in the Faculty and there is no parallel to date anywhere else in Australia.

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health was established in 2002 as a unique partnership between Colonial Foundation, the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.

Orygen utilises government, corporate and philanthropic funding to conduct an extensive research and knowledge transfer program in youth-onset mental disorders. Total current funding and income utilised for the activities of the Centre is approximately $12 million per annum.

The research program conducted by Orygen aims to understand the biological, psychological and social factors that influence onset, remission and relapse of mental illnesses in order to find better ways to prevent and/or reduce the impact of mental disorders.

Building on its contribution in initiating and sustaining the now worldwide clinical research interest in early psychosis, Orygen has progressively expanded its research capacity and developed key collaborations across the diagnostic spectrum to include other potentially serious mental disorders, with peak onset in the 12-25 age group. This includes depression, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.

Orygen is now regarded as one of the pre-eminent psychiatric research institutes in Australia, and in terms of its focus on emerging disorder, youth and early intervention, as an international leader. Orygen research is recognised internationally and has influenced the delivery of mental health services in many countries.

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c/- Orygen

35 Poplar Road (Locked Bag 10)

Parkville VIC 3052

Tel: 1300 679 436 03 9342 281 1313

Fax: 03 9342 2941



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