A/Prof Michelle Banfield

BSc BA(Hons) PhD
Senior Fellow


Michelle's early research experience was in biological anthropology, focusing on the behaviour and social systems of primates. When she returned to research in 2004 following a period of ill health, she worked in the areas of consumer-focused research and the use of technology for the self-management of mental health problems. Her PhD explored mental health consumers' priorities for research on depression and bipolar disorder in Australia.

Michelle's research interests include effective services and policy for mental illness. She heads the Lived Experience Research Unit at the Centre for Mental Health Research, incorporating ACACIA: The ACT Consumer & Carer Mental Health Research Unit. ACACIA aims to increase the involvement of ACT mental health consumers and carers in the research process and conduct research relevant to their needs. From 2015-17, Michelle completed an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) fellowship looking at service access and navigation for people with serious mental illness. In mid-2018 she commenced an MRFF/NHMRC Translating Research into Practice Fellowship to explore the implementation of mental health peer work.

As part of her commitment to active consumer involvement, Michelle has strong connections with consumer organisations and representation. She has held a number of local and national representative roles with consumer organisations. Through these roles, Michelle hopes to foster strong ties between the consumer and research communities.


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
  • Mental health policy


  • Gulliver, A, Banfield, M, Morse, A et al. 2019, 'A Peer-Led Electronic Mental Health Recovery App in a Community-Based Public Mental Health Service: Pilot Trial', JMIR Formative Research, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 1-9.
  • Gulliver, A, Pike, G, Banfield, M et al. 2019, 'Evaluation of the Music Engagement Program for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia: Study protocol for a pilot trial', Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, vol. 15, no. 100419, pp. 1-7.
  • Morse, A, Forbes, O, Jones, B et al. 2019, 'Whose story is it? Mental health consumer and carer views on carer participation in research [IN PRESS]', Health Expectations, vol. Online, pp. 1-7.
  • Batterham, P, Kazan, D, Banfield, M et al 2019, 'Differences in mental health service use between urban and rural areas of Australia [IN PRESS]', Australian Psychologist, vol. Online.
  • Beck, A, Baker, A, Jones, S et al 2018, 'Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of a recovery-focused group therapy intervention for adults with bipolar disorder: trial protocol', BMJ Open, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. e019203.
  • Banfield, M & Forbes, O 2018, 'Health and social care coordination for severe and persistent mental illness in Australia: a mixed methods evaluation of experiences with the Partners in Recovery Program', International Journal of Mental Health Systems, vol. 12, no. 13, pp. 13pp.
  • Gulliver, A, Morse, A, Wilson, N et al. 2018, 'An evaluation of a tailored care program for complex and persistent mental health problems: Partners in Recovery program', Evaluation and Program Planning, vol. 68, pp. 99-107pp.
  • Banfield, M, Randall, R, O'Brien, M et al. 2018, 'Lived experience researchers partnering with consumers and carers to improve mental health research: Reflections from an Australian initiative', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 1219-1229pp.
  • Farrer, L, Walker, J, Harrison, C et al 2018, 'Primary care access for mental illness in Australia: Patterns of access to general practice from 2006 to 2016', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 1-12pp.
  • Happell, B, Curtis, J, Banfield, M et al 2018, 'Improving the cardiometabolic health of people with psychosis: A protocol for a randomised controlled trial of the Physical Health Nurse Consultant service', Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 73, pp. 75-80.
  • Scholz, B, Bocking, J, Platania-Phung, C et al 2018, '"Not an afterthought": Power imbalances in systemic partnerships between health service providers and consumers in a hospital setting', Health Policy, vol. 122, no. 2018, pp. 922-928pp.
  • Banfield, M, Morse, A, Gulliver, A et al. 2018, 'Mental health research priorities in Australia: a consumer and carer agenda', Health Research Policy and Systems, vol. 16, no. 119, pp. 11pp.
  • Scholz, B, Bocking, J, Banfield, M et al 2018, '"Coming from a different place": Partnerships between consumers and health services for system change', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 27, no. 19-20, pp. 3622-3629.
  • Calear, A, Banfield, M, Batterham, P et al. 2017, 'Silence is deadly: a cluster-randomised controlled trial of a mental health help-seeking intervention for young men', BMC Public Health, vol. 17, no. 834, pp. 1-8.
  • Gulliver, A, Banfield, M, Reynolds, J et al. 2017, 'A Peer-Led Electronic Mental Health Recovery App in an Adult Mental Health Service: Study Protocol for a Pilot Trial', JMIR Research Protocols, vol. 6, no. 12, pp. e248.
  • Banfield, M, Jowsey, T, Parkinson, A et al 2017, 'Experiencing integration: a qualitative pilot study of consumer and provider experiences of integrated primary health care in Australia', BMC Family Practice Journal, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 1-12.
  • Desborough, J, Banfield, M, Phillips, C et al 2017, 'The process of patient enablement in general practice nurse consultations: a grounded theory study', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 73, no. 5, pp. 1085-1096pp.
  • Desborough, J, Phillips, C, Mills, J et al 2017, 'Developing a Positive Patient Experience With Nurses in General Practice: An Integrated Model of Patient Satisfaction and Enablement', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. Online, pp. 38pp.
  • Parkinson, A, Banfield, M & Dawda, P 2016, 'Experiencing integration in Australian primary health care: a pilot study', International Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 3pp.
  • Gee, A, McGarty, C & Banfield, M 2016, 'Barriers to genuine consumer and carer participation from the perspectives of Australian systemic mental health advocates', Journal of Mental Health, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 231-237.
  • McRae, I, Dawda, P, Banfield, M et al 2016, 'Can we measure integration of healthcare from administrative and clinical records?', Australian Family Physician, vol. 45, no. 9, pp. 672-675.
  • Desborough, J., Bagheri, N., Banfield, M., Phillips, C., Mills, J., Korda, R., 2016, 'The impact of general practice nursing care on patient satisfaction and enablement in Australia: a mixed methods study.', International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol. 64, pp. 108-119.
  • Gardner, K, Parkinson, A, Banfield, M et al 2015, 'Usability of patient experience surveys in Australian primary health care: a scoping review', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 22 (2), 93 - 99.
  • Gee, A, McGarty, C & Banfield, M 2015, 'What Drives Systemic Mental Health Advocates? Goals, Strategies, and Values of Australian Consumer and Carer Advocacy Organizations', Sage Open, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 1-8.
  • Banfield, M, McGorm, K & Sargent, G 2015, 'Health promotion in schools: a multi-method evaluation of an Australian School Youth Health Nurse Program', BMC Nursing, vol. 14, no. 21, pp. 1-11pp.
  • Desborough, J, Phillips, C, Banfield, M et al 2015, 'Impact of nursing care in Australian general practice on the quality of care: A pilot of the Patient Enablement and Satisfaction Survey (PESS)', Collegian, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 207-214.
  • Dawda P, McRae I, Yen L, Islam MM et al. 2015. Does it matter who organises your health care?. International Journal of Integrated Care, vol 15, pp 11.
  • Gardner, K, Parkinson, A, Banfield, M et al 2014, Environmental scan of patient experience surveys used in primary health care.
  • Banfield, M, Barney, L, Griffiths, K et al 2014, 'Australian mental health consumers' priorities for research: Qualitative findings from the SCOPE for Research project', Health Expectations, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 365-375.
  • Gardner, K, Banfield, M, McRae, I et al 2014, 'Improving coordination through information continuity: a framework for translational research', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 14, no. 590, pp. 1-5.
  • Desborough, J, Banfield, M & Parker, R 2013, 'A tool to evaluate patients' experience of nursing care in Australian general practice: Development of the Patient Enablement and Satisfaction Survey (PESS)', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 20 (2), 209-15.
  • Gardner, K, Yen, L, Banfield, M et al 2013, 'From coordinated care trials to medicare locals: What difference does changing the policy driver from efficiency to quality make for coordinating care?', International Journal for Quality in Health Care, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 50-57.
  • Jowsey, T, McRae, I, Valderas, J et al 2013, 'Time's Up. Descriptive Epidemiology of Multi-Morbidity and Time Spent on Health Related Activity by Older Australians: A Time Use Survey', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 1 - 6.
  • Yen, L, McRae, I, Jowsey, T et al 2013, 'HEALTH WORK BY OLDER PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE', Chronic Illness, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 268-282.
  • Banfield, M, Gardner, K, McRae, I et al 2013, 'Unlocking information for coordination of care in Australia: a qualitative study of information continuity in four primary health care models', BMC Family Practice Journal, vol. 14, no. 34, pp. 1-21.
  • Jowsey, T, McRae, I, Gillespie, J et al 2013, 'Time to care? Health of informal older carers and time spent on health related activities: An Australian survey', BMC Public Health, vol. 13, no. 1.
  • Banfield, M, Gardner, K, Yen, L et al 2012, 'Coordination of care in Australian mental health policy', Australian Health Review, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 153-157.
  • Banfield, M, Griffiths, K, Christensen, H et al 2011, 'SCOPE for Research:Mental Health consumers' priorities for research compared with recent research in Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.
  • Barney, L, Griffiths, K & Banfield, M 2011, 'Explicit and implicit information needs of people with depression: A qualitative investigation of problems reported on an online depression support forum', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 11, no. May, pp. A88
  • Griffiths, K, Banfield, M & Leach, L 2010, 'Mental Health research in The Lancet: A case study', Journal of Mental Health, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 17-25.
  • Griffiths, K, Calear, A, Banfield, M et al 2009, 'Systematic review on internet support groups (ISGs) and depression (2): What is known about depression ISGs?', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. e41.
  • Griffiths, K, Calear, A & Banfield, M 2009, 'Systematic Review on Internet Support Groups (ISGs) and Depression (1): Do ISGs Reduce Depressive Symptoms?', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. e40.