ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Equally well implementation committee (2017-2019)


National Mental Health Commission, $252,582


Associate Professor Russell Roberts (lead CI) , Dr Sarah Hyde (Project Manager), Scott Banks (Computer security consultant), Lee Cobb (Administrative Assistant), Associate Professor Oliver Burmeister, Dr Tahmid Nayeem, Dr Michael Mehmet and Dr Chris Maylea

Research theme

Rural and regional communities


In 2015 the National Mental Health Commission led the development of Equally Well in Australia to show a commitment to putting the health care of people living with mental illness on an equal footing with the rest of the population. The major aim of Equally Well is to improve the quality of life of people living with mental illness by providing equal access to quality health care.

By championing physical health as a priority, Equally Well ultimately aims to reduce the life expectancy gap that exists between people living with a mental illness and the general population.

The primary program objective for Equally Well is to facilitate the collaboration and coordination between and across sectors, including: governments, professional bodies, social and community services and other leaders in mental health to make the physical health of people living with mental illness a national priority. This includes the coordination of resources available from supporters.

Two research projects will be conducted under this initiative:

1. Collaborative models of leadership in national cross-sector health initiatives. This research will examine the factors to success in leading a national health improvement initiative across a complex multi-sector leadership environment.

2. Developing a digital communication model that would integrate stakeholder needs for information and engagement. This project will examine the role of digital communication in developing community participation and engagement across and within sectors. Its primary focus will be in investigating the model’s role in equipping and empowering people living with mental illness and their carers to advocate and be active partners in their recovery.

The project secured additional funding of $85,000 in 2018 and a further $97,582 in 2019.


The National Mental Health Commission’s expected outcome from the Equally Well initiative is that it will reduce the life expectancy gap that exists between people living with a mental illness and the general population.


Associate Professor Russell Roberts Email

Associate Professor Oliver Burmeister Email

Bathurst Campus

December 2017