Board and governance
The Black Dog Institute was founded in 2002 and is an independent not-for-profit, overseen by a distinguished Board of Directors.
Our Board of Directors
'Ultimately it comes down to the people. The scientists, the doctors, the researchers, the therapists, the fundraisers, the administrators and the volunteers. They are all heroes and everyday change the lives of so many for the better. We salute them and thank them.'
'Mental illness is one of the most significant challenges of our time and will only be addressed through a deep understanding of its causes and treatments. The Black Dog Institute is at the forefront of building that understanding and translating it into programmes to build mental wellness.'
‘No-one is immune to the damaging effects of mental health challenges in the community. We all know someone who has been affected or are even affected ourselves. As someone who has worked in health for over 20 years, I see the increasing effect not just on people but on our country, economy and community. At a personal level, I care deeply that we need to address this challenge and provide all the help and support we can based on solid research that can be translated into better outcomes. This is what the Black Dog does and has always strived to do and why I am so proud to be a Director.’
‘I believe in increasing awareness about the importance of mental health, and then making the best treatment available to as many people in need as possible. The Black Dog Institute embodies the very best of what is being done in this area. Its multifaceted approach incorporates research, education and clinical translation, and is making a huge contribution to a significantly under resourced area of health in the community.'
'‘Mental health problems are widespread but not well understood. The Black Dog Institute is unique in tackling the big questions around the causes and treatments of mental illness. It is also extraordinary in its commitment to making sure that research findings make their way into healthcare and public health forums. This 'translational' focus is critical. Discoveries that have not been put into practice may as well have not been 'discovered'.'
‘Mental health is critical for each every person on the planet and yet remains an area too often neglected. Today, families and communities across Australia and internationally are paying a terrible price for this, particularly with the high levels of suicide and depression. The Black Dog Institute’s work shines as a beacon, providing excellent research, clinical services and support, including to underpin frontline staff. I am privileged to serve on the Black Dog Institute Board and help in any way with this challenge.’
‘Mental health remains and is an increasing problem in Australia affecting at least 20% of the population. The Black Dog Institute through its commitment to excellence in generating evidence-based research remains at the forefront of identifying solutions and badly needed assistance to those who experience mental illness, primarily in Australia, but also beyond. I believe that my experience and background in business and previous philanthropic engagements will assist Black Dog Institute in achieving some of its extensive goals.’
‘I’ve had a personal family experience with the Black Dog Institute and have seen its fantastic work first hand. I recognise the significant and positive impact the Institute can have in improving people’s lives and I’m driven to ensure its good work can reach as many people as possible.’
‘The Black Dog Institute is the leading organisation in Australia researching, diagnosing and treating depression among all people, but particularly among younger people. It is an organisation dedicated and committed to helping all people with the terrible affliction of depression. It is a marvellous organisation committed and dedicated to very important work.’
"I am committed to speaking openly about mental health issues and to developing the right approach to address the significant increase of these issues for those both in care and in the community. Black Dog Institute’s philosophy, values and approach are leading the way towards addressing the complexity of the issues by ensuring extensive research underpins everything they do from clinical care to consumer education."
The Black Dog Institute is an independent not-for-profit organisation located within the Prince of Wales Hospital Campus and affiliated with UNSW Australia (the University of New South Wales).
Our strategy and activities are overseen by an Executive Committee. Research, clinical and community undertakings are directed and evaluated internally by senior representatives from these areas.
The Black Dog Institute hosts and provides infrastructure support to the clinical and research programs of the UNSW School of Psychiatry, UNSW School of Psychology, and the UNSW National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
Operational and enabling activities include research coordination, fundraising, finance, public affairs, marketing and communications, and information technology.
We also host the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, and the Digital Dog Program which is funded by an NHMRC John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research.
As a founding member of the Health Science Alliance (Australia's first academic health science centre) we play a leading role in the Mindgardens Initiative. We are also a founding member of Maridulu Budyari Gumal - the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE).
Our Patron is the Governor-General of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC.
Our Public Officer and Company Secretary is Richard Sharps.
The Black Dog Institute and Black Dog Foundation is committed to the highest standards of conduct, ethical behaviour, research integrity and good corporate governance and we therefore welcome and encourage feedback.
We support Whistleblowers to make reports, based on reasonable grounds, of Reportable Conduct involving BDI’s activities, including its scientific research. You can view the Whistleblowers Policy here and submission process here.