General Health Services

Bipolar Disorder Australia - National Education Program

Black Dog Institute

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About Us

Pioneers in the management and treatment of mood disorders


The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mood disorders through our high quality translational research, our clinical expertise and our national education programs.

One in five Australians are affected by mental illness every year, with one of the most common of these being depression. It touches people of all ages and from all walks of life, and places an enormous burden on individuals, families, workplaces and the health system.


The Black Dog Institute was founded in 2002 and is a world-leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression, bipolar disorder and suicide.

As an organisation, we place focus on the rapid translation of quality research into improved clinical practice, increased accessibility for consumers, and delivery of long-term public health solutions.

This unique model incorporates expertise in clinical management with cutting edge research, health professional training and community education to ensure we are having a positive impact at all stages from prevention and early intervention through to treatment and recovery.


To maximise our reach, Black Dog Institute partners with universities, health services and community groups across the country. We also provide evidence-based workplace programs to protect and maintain the mental health of workers from a variety of backgrounds.

Whilst Black Dog clinical and research services are funded predominately through peer-reviewed government grants, our education programs are strongly dependent on the generosity of individual, community and corporate supporters.

Professor Helen Christensen is the Chief Scientist and Director of the Black Dog Institute and Scientia Professor of UNSW.

Quick Facts About The Region

Bipolar Disorder Australia - National Education Program is located in the suburb of Randwick, the council of Randwick and the federal electorate of Kingsford Smith.