We are an alliance of Australia’s leading experts in mental health systems modelling, service planning and policy.


Our members apply sophisticated modelling techniques to assess options for improving population mental health in Australia.

Decision aids

We develop toolkits that put powerful technologies into the hands of Australia’s mental health service planners and policymakers.

Resources for planners

We help demystify modelling for policymakers and service planners with bite sized explanations and practical examples.

Resources for Modellers

We help modellers share techniques, data and knowledge to continually improve the quality and impact of our work.

Public education

We help educate the Australian community about the role of modelling in improving public mental health.

Open code and data

We facilitate the sharing of model code and data through open access repositories.

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Latest news and resources

Some recently added resources about mental health modelling.

Using systems modelling for evidence-informed mental health reform in Australia.

By Admin on May 13, 2023

To introduce Acumen, members pooled their expertise to draft an article about the role of systems modelling in Australian mental health reform processes. The article provides an overview of current and previous mental health reform plans in Australia, identifies and describes different modelling approaches and the types of topics they are particularly well suited to addressing and discusses challenges and opportunities for planners and policymakers relating to the commissioning, development and use of model based tools.

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Why share model code and data?

By Matthew Hamilton on August 28, 2022

There are many benefits to sharing model code and data in open access repositories. These benefits include helping to: demonstrate study reproducibility; improve model transparency; elicit feedback; identify errors; increase impact; and reduce duplication of effort across the mental health modelling field. However, there are also practical barriers to sharing model code and data in an appropriate manner. These barriers can include: concerns about data confidentiality and privacy; confusion about licensing; the need to identify appropriate storage and dissemination platforms; the time and effort required to prepare, document and curate content for public release; and lack of technical knowledge.

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Simulation modelling in health care lecture.

By Admin on July 4, 2020

Year: 2020 Type: Lecture. Presenters: Long, Katrina and Meadows, Graham and McDermott, Fiona and Atkison, Jo-An. Institution: Department of Psychiatry, Monash University. Topic: A high-level, simplified overview of simulation modelling in health care written and presented for healthcare professionals completing the Masters of Psychiatry at Monash University. Duration: 0 hours, 21 minutes. >

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Access data in the Australian Mental Health Systems Models Dataverse Collection.

By Matthew Hamilton on August 28, 2022

1. Objectives On completion of this tutorial you should be able to: Understand basic concepts relating to the Australian Mental Health Systems Models Dataverse Collection; and Have the ability to search for, download and ingest files contained in Dataverse Datasets that are linked to by the Australian Mental Health Systems Models Dataverse Collection using two alternative approaches; Using a web based interface; and Using R commands. 2. Prerequisites You can complete most of this tutorial without any specialist skills or software other than having a web-browser connected to the Internet.

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