SESLHD partner Mindgardens officially launched

The Mindgardens Neuroscience Network, which integrates treatments and research for mental health, neurological, and alcohol and drug disorders, was officially launched on Tuesday 10 December, 2019 at Prince of Wales Hospital.

Mindgardens, the first initiative of its kind in Australia, is a collaboration between South Eastern Sydney Local Helath District (SESLHD), UNSW Sydney, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and the Black Dog Institute. It offers clinical services to patients, supported by research programs, and training and educational initiatives, drawing on the expertise of the four partners.

SESLHD attendees at the launch event included Michael Still, Board Chair; Tobi Wilson, Chief Executive; Elizabeth Curran, Executive Director, Operations; Lisa Altman, Director, Strategy, Innovation and Improvement and Professor Chris White, Director of Research.

Mr Wilson said: “As home to some of Australia’s leading minds contributing to research and treatment in brain disorders, SESLHD is celebrating the launch of the Mindgardens Neuroscience Network.

“With some of Australasia’s leading clinicians, educators and researchers joining forces here, Mindgardens is an emerging powerhouse in this field, reflecting the value of the Randwick Precinct."

Member for Wentworth, Dave Sharma MP, officially launched Mindgardens, noting $7 million in Commonwealth Government funding for the service.
“This integrated approach will create innovative, new models of care and transform the way we deliver care to people with mental health, drug and alcohol and neurological disorders in Australia,” Mr Sharma said.

The Mindgardens offering will include:

  • Community hubs and primary health services, which match the intensity of support to clients’ current needs
  • A Safe Haven for people experiencing a mental health or suicidal crisis, open for extended hours. The Safe Haven will begin operating when a suitable location in the Local Health District is confirmed.
  • Highly-specialised clinics that respond to the most complex and acute issues
  • Prevention and outreach services  

The majority of Mindgardens services in the initial phase will be available primarily by referral either from a GP or through hospital inpatient wards or outpatient clinics. The Safe Haven will be a drop-in centre available to the general public. For more information visit

Lisa Altman and Tobi Wilson