Professor Ian Hickie

Professor Ian Hickie

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Co-director, Health and Policy, Brain and Mind Centre

Professor Ian Hickie is co-director, Health and Policy at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre.

He is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) senior principal research fellow (2013-2017 and 2018-22), having previously been one of the inaugural NHMRC Australian fellows (2008-12).

He was an inaugural commissioner on Australia’s National Mental Health Commission (2012-18) overseeing enhanced accountability for mental health reform and suicide prevention.

Ian is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry, with particular reference to medical aspects of common mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder.

He is now focused on the development of real-time personalised and measurement-based care systems for use in partnership with young people and their families. These systems promote early intervention, use of new and emerging technologies and suicide prevention.

In his role with the National Mental Health Commission, and his independent research, health system and advocacy roles Ian has been at the forefront of the move to have mental health and suicide prevention integrated with other aspects of health care (notably chronic disease and ambulatory care management).