Flinders Human Behaviour & Health Research Unit (FHBHRU) is part of the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. We are recognised nationally and internationally for inter-professional education, research, consultancy and clinical service provision for the improvement of health outcomes through health behaviour change.

Our objective is to assist people to live well and live longer through improved health behaviours by:

  • Developing prevention, early intervention and implementation of self-management in chronic disease care
  • Education of health service consumers
  • Health professional undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education
  • Research and consultancy
  • Clinical service provision 

To facilitate this, FHBHRU has developed a generic set of tools and processes known as The Flinders Chronic Condition Management Program™ (Flinders Program™).
These tools provide a framework for chronic condition management which includes:

  • disease management
  • self-management
  • coordination and
  • coaching

News and Events

Assoc Professor Sharon Lawn attends 'Supporting Wellbeing for Senior Veterans'

The Office of Ageing hosted a wellbeing event last week for an audience of approximately 50 veterans, their families and those working with veterans at the Unley RSL.

Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum (a panelist on Q&A on Monday night) presented at the event. Her talk focussed on identifying emerging challenges for veterans, their families and carers and about some interesting observations on the particular concerns affecting servicepersons and the impact of service on their partners and children. She also explored wellbeing and resilience for senior veterans and their families.

A photo from the event features panelists David Everett (far left), Craig Whitehead (third from left), Rhonda Cornum and Assoc Prof Sharon Lawn (far right) amongst the Office of Ageing staff who hosted the morning event.

This video link of an interview with Rhonda on her story and resilience training provides more context around her work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MUL3IktYDM


FHBHRU staff present at Young & Well conference

FHBHRU's Gaston Antezana and Simone Orlowski presented at Young & Well's 'Connect 14' conference held in Melbourne, February 20-21. The event, which brought together researchers, policy makers, practitioners and young people gave an exclusive insight into the latest research on how technologies can promote youth mental health.

Connect 14 Conference Photo 1

Connect 14 Conference Photo 2


Young and Well Towns launches on the back of Thinker in Residence Wellbeing Lecture

Professor Malcolm Battersby in partnership with Young and Well CEO Jane Burns and Country Health SA Executive Director Mental Health, Rebecca Graham launched 'Young and Well Towns' last week in Adelaide. The team presented the multi-million dollar initiative, aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people in rural and regional areas, at Martin Seligman's lecture on 'Global Advances in Wellbeing Science'.

Young and Well Towns Media Release (PDF 64KB)  

Young and Well Launch Photo 1

Young and Well Launch Photo 2

Young and Well Launch Photo 3


Australia Day Honours

Mrs. Ann Smith, a Flinders graduate who has worked with our Psychiatry discipline in the past and is currently co-investigator with A/Prof Sharon Lawn on a CTO seeding grant, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community through the mental health sector.

Following are some excerpts from Ann's nomination submitted by Sharon Lawn:

Ann's driving force is to improve mental health care. She is a trailblazer and I believe she is the most significant mental health consumer advocate for South Australia produced in the past two decades. She is one of only a handful of mental health consumers who have made a sustained and significant impact at national level, and the body of her work across the past two decades is testament to this. Her persistence in wanting to make care better for people with serious mental illness is unmatched over that time.

Her clarity about issues, her persistence, her intelligence and integrity are all attributes that have meant she has been able to raise issues of concern in ways that have been highly productive and collaborative, whilst maintaining a clear focus on the desired outcomes for service consumers. This has been of utmost importance because it is a difficult area in which consumer voices could just as easily be excluded by systems of care.

Ann has not only been an inspiration to other mental health sevice consumers. There are many mental health professionals who have learned much from Ann, and continue to do so. Personally, I can't imagine what my own work in this field would be like without Ann's influence. Her philosophy and ideas about what is needed and what is important for mental health service consumers has penetrated every aspect of my own learning and experience in this area. Her wisdom has been profoundly influential to me and many others.


Extended Admission Application Closing Dates-Postgraduate Courses Semester One

Please note the closing dates for Postgraduate courses in Semester one have been extended to Monday February 24.

For more information, phone 8404 2323.


Congratulations to Flinders Closing the Gap Program's Implementation Officer (Victoria) Wendy Owen for receiving one of five Rural Health Awards. See www.flindersclosingthegapprogram.com/media


In the last year, more than 1000 people have been trained in the Flinders Program™ and we have worked with over 600 highly valued volunteers.

Look our for our new Online Learning Portal which we aim to have live around March 2014.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2014.






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