Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation

The Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT) is a multidisciplinary research institute that integrates clinical, epidemiological and basic research with a strong translational focus. We contribute to the understanding of the aetiology and impact of psychiatric, musculoskeletal, metabolic and other health disorders.

Our research focus

IMPACT is based at Barwon Health, at the centre of Geelong's clinical health precinct, and supports around 50 researchers and students.

Our focus is on chronic disease patterns, risk factors and novel therapies for psychiatric, musculoskeletal and metabolic disorders, including the link between physical and mental health.

Some of our current research projects include:

Clinical trials

  • Novel therapies
  • Biomarkers for physical and mental disease
  • Online psychological interventions
  • Lifestyle interventions
  • Drug safety

Population-based, epidemiological studies

  • Incidence and prevalence of disease
  • Disease risk factors and outcomes
  • Burden of disease and associated costs
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Health service utilisation
  • Healthy ageing
  • Health Literacy

Laboratory-based studies

  • Novel therapies
  • Treatment mechanisms and effects of pharmacological agents
  • Structural properties of bone
  • Muscle power and balance

We are working on developing treatments, particularly through use of the naturally occurring amino acid N-acetyl cysteine, that are beginning to be used globally to help people with a range of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

Professor Michael Berk

Director of Impact

Join our research team

Currently there are exciting opportunities for new Honours, PhD and postdoctoral researchers to join our team. For example, you might be interested in online psychological interventions, the correlation of diet and mental health or the health burden of chronic disease. 

Be part of a team that finds new and better ways to prevent and treat psychological disorders, musculoskeletal disorders or many other mental health problems.

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IMPACT Overview

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Contact us

Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT)
General enquiries
+61 3 4215 3320

Deakin University
School of Medicine
PO Box 281
Geelong Victoria 3220