ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Equally Well (2019-2020)


National Mental Health Commission, $114,854


Associate Professor Russell Roberts, Dr Michael Mehmet, Dr Chris Mayles (RMIT) and Professor Jenny Bowman (University of Newcastle)

Research Theme

Rural and Regional Communties


The National Consensus Statement, Equally well: Improving the physical health of people living with mental illness in Australia, was launched in July 2017. The consensus statement was the result of broad consultation during 2015 and 2016, including a national consensus workshop of health and mental health stakeholders. Over 70 national organisations, including all state and territory governments and key organisations, have so far signed-up to ‘making the physical health of people living with mental illness a priority at all levels: national, state/ territory and regional.

ILWS researchers have secured further funding from the National Mental Health Commission (additonal to that received for the initial project Equally Well Implementation Committee (2017-2019)  to continue conducting the two CSU research projects associated with this initiative.  They are:

  • Collaborative models of leadership in national cross-sector health initiatives.This research will examine the factors leading to success in leading a national health improvement initiative across a complex multi-sector leadership environment.
  • 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 and  develop and implement a digital communication strategy to support the objects of Equally Well.


Expected outputs from this project are:

  • a framework for implementing, supporting and evaluating projects against six elements of the consensus statement
  • the development of an Equally Well website and social media presence.
  • an annual symposia, quarterly newsletters, and dissemination of research through peer-reviewed journals, national and international conferences


The expected outcome of the Equally Well initiative is that it will help improve the physical health of people living with a mental illness.


A/Prof Russell Roberts email


July 2019