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Lisa Brophy

Prof Lisa Brophy

Social Worker, Vic

Professor Lisa Brophy has a professional background in social work and a career long commitment to the mental health field of practice dating back to 1985.

Lisa graduated with a Masters in Policy and Law from La Trobe University in 1995 and a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2009.

Her PhD focused on good practice with people on Community Treatment Orders and she has been involved in local and international collaborations regarding mental health law and its implications for policy, law reform and direct practice. Lisa was a member of the expert advisory group that reviewed the Victorian Mental Health Act. Lisa is also a community member of the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal.

Between January 2011 and August 2018 Lisa held the position of Principal Research Fellow (formerly Director of Research) at Mind Australia. This full time research position was a partnership between the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne and Mind Australia. In that role, Lisa established and led the Recovery and Social Justice Research unit.  In August 2018 Lisa returned to Social Work, taking up the role of Professor and Discipline lead in Social Work at LaTrobe University, while also maintaining a strong link to the Recovery and Social Justice Unit. She is a member of the scientific advisory committee of the Australian Council to End Loneliness.

Lisa’s research focus is on people experiencing mental ill health and psychosocial disability and their recovery, social inclusion and human rights. Her research has fostered strong interdisciplinary partnerships, working in collaborative research teams with academics from a range of disciplines and universities, across Australia and internationally. Her teams have also included people with lived experience and partner organisations leading to research and evaluation activities that are highly participatory and contribute to making a difference for people with mental health illness and psychosocial disability.

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.