The Mitchell Institute at Victoria University works in collaboration with leading Australian health and education policy experts to deliver research and policies focused on improving health and education opportunities and outcomes, with particular attention to reducing the impacts of socioeconomic disadvantage.

We also provide independent, evidence-informed leadership relevant to the work of governments and others, to inform a systemic, effective and sustained approach to improving health and education in Australia.

 

Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC)

The Mitchell Institute leads the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC), an initiative that brings together over 50 leading health organisations and 70 chronic disease experts to drive progress in preventing and reducing chronic disease.

We work through a nationally focused consensus-building process that brings together academics, clinicians, advocates and other experts.

We provide government, health services and professionals with clear and simple guidance on options for policy and practice strategies and initiatives to:

  • reduce preventable chronic conditions 
  • improve the treatment and management of established chronic conditions.

Key publications

Getting Australia's Health on Track

Getting Australia's Health on Track (2021, 2016) offers a national blueprint that includes 10 priority policy actions to significantly improve the health of Australians by 2025 to reduce preventable illness and disability. 

Being Equally Well

Being Equally Well (2021) was launched by the Federal Health Minister and provides a roadmap of recommendations for major improvements to primary healthcare services in Australia to stop people with serious mental illness from dying up to 23 years earlier than other Australians, primarily due to poor physical health. 

Australia's Health Tracker

Australia's Health Tracker 2019 and 2016 include a set of national report cards tracking the health risk factors in the Australian population that contribute to preventable chronic disease. 

Key foundational research

Two important publications provided a base for subsequent health research, which in turn informed several projects over the following years.

Chronic diseases in Australia: Blueprint for preventive action

Chronic Diseases in Australia: Blueprint for preventative action (2015) outlines principles, strategic priorities and action areas for improved population health in Australia.

Targets & indicators for chronic disease prevention in Australia

Targets & Indicators for Chronic Disease Prevention in Australia (2016 & 2019) proposes a set of national chronic disease targets and indicators to measure progress and enhance accountability for action.

Australia's Health Tracker

Australia's Health Tracker (2016 & 2019) is a set of national report cards tracking the health risk factors in the Australian population that contribute to preventable chronic diseases.

Getting Australia's Health on Track

The key research Getting Australia's Health on Track (2016 & 2021) presents 10 priority policy actions to get Australia on track to reach the 2025 targets and significantly reduce preventable illness and disability in the population. It informed:

  1. Recruit: Bring together leading experts in the field to co-chair expert working groups.
  2. Brief: Develop briefing papers & policy options related to each priority area, co-authored by expert working group.
  3. Convene: Convene expert working groups, made up of health professionals, consumers, academics & policy experts.
  4. Agree: Reach consensus with each expert working group on what policy options should be the top priorities for action.
  5. Finalise: Produce the final version of the publication & disseminate it to various stakeholders.
  6. Advise: Inform & influence policy & practice

Analyse evidence

We analyse evidence & data to understand how our education & health systems perform & develop new approaches.

Support debate

We stimulate public discussion to increase understanding of the health & education challenges & opportunities.

Advise policymakers

We assist & advise policymakers to make better use of evidence in designing & implementing reform.

Being equally well

Being Equally Well (2021) was launched by the Federal Health Minister. It provides a roadmap of recommendations for major improvements to primary healthcare services to prevent people with serious mental illness from dying up to 23 years earlier than other Australians, primarily due to poor physical health.

The Mitchell Institute and its collaborators will continue a body of work into 2022 and beyond as we seek to have the Being Equally Well recommendations implemented. 

  • Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide
  • Agency for Clinical Innovation New South Wales
  • Albert Road Clinic
  • Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations, University of Melbourne.
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Australian National University
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
  • Bond University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Chronic Illness Alliance
  • Clinical Excellence Commission
  • Deakin Rural Health Warrnambool
  • Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Dr Johanna Kelly, General Practitioner, Camperdown, Victoria
  • Dr Peter Del Fante, Primary Care and Public Health Physician
  • Eastern Primary Health Network Victoria
  • Equally Well Australia
  • Faculty of Health, Deakin University
  • Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Flourish Australia
  • Food & Mood Centre, Deakin University
  • Health Service Union.
  • Healthcare Improvement Unit, Queensland Health
  • Heart and Mind Research
  • HelpingMinds
  • Improvement Foundation Australia
  • International Organisation of Physiotherapists in Mental Health (IOPTMH)
  • Lived Experience Australia
  • Medibank
  • Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne
  • Mental Health Patient Safety Program
  • Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy, Victoria University.
  • Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University
  • National Mental Health Commission
  • North Western Mental Health. Prof Nigel Stocks
  • NSW Government Health
  • NSW Mental Health Commission
  • Prevention United
  • Psychiatry Unit, University of Melbourne
  • Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • RACGP Expert Committee for Quality Care.
  • SA Health
  • School of Physiotherapy, The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
  • The University of Western Australia
  • University of Canberra
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Newcastle

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