Dr Michelle Banfield



BA (Hons), BSc, PhD


Michelle’s early research experience was in biological anthropology, focusing on the behaviour and social systems of primates. More recently, she spent six years working in mental health research, particularly in the areas of consumer-focused research and the use of technology for the self-management of mental health problems. Her PhD was in the area of consumer involvement in research and explored mental health consumers’ priorities for research on depression and bipolar disorder in Australia.

Now a Research Fellow at the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Michelle conducts research into health services and policy for chronic illness, nurses in primary care and coordination of care. She is particularly interested in the implementation of health policy, promoting the uptake of research evidence in policy and practice and the role of primary care in the management of low prevalence mental disorders such as bipolar disorder.


Research interests

  • Effective primary care for mental illness
  • Treatment and management of bipolar disorder
  • Consumer and community involvement in health and research
  • Successful translation of health research into policy and practice
  • Professional and community education on chronic and mental illness management
  • Mental health policy

Current projects

Raising consumer voices in Australian primary health care research

Recent publications

Please visit Michelle's ANU Researchers profile for a list of her recent publications.

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