He is now working on step two of the research to discover precisely how the sensory nerves in the gut are activated. It was precisely these unexpected complex links which Professor Mike Kyrios – Vice President and Executive Dean of Flinders’ College of Education, Psychology and Social Work – had had in mind when he proposed a new research centre on mental health.
The Órama Institute is designed to be a multi-disciplinary research institute for mental health, wellbeing and neuroscience.
“The complex causes of mental health problems and the need to respond to such complexity requires that we take a multidisciplinary approach if we are to make any impact,” says Professor Kyrios.
“Biological, social, developmental and individual factors are all involved in the cause of mental health problems, while solutions demand coordination of clinical, policy and technological advances from multiple professions, disciplines, public organisations and stakeholders.”
The Órama Institute, a Greek word meaning “vision”, contributes a unique blend of disciplines examining positive wellbeing and mental health disorders.
“We will also work with the full spectrum of external partners, locally, nationally and internationally, including state and federal governments, health and mental health services, professional groups, communities and community organisations,” says Professor Kyrios.
“We aim to be a major ‘go to’ mental health and wellbeing institute when government is seeking advice on mental health and wellbeing matters.”