Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Advances in Mental Health (ISSN 1837-4905) incorporates the Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health (AeJAMH) (ISSN: 1446-7984)

AeJAMH aims to nurture and encourage understanding of mental health promotion, prevention of mental illness and early intervention within a multidisciplinary forum.

The promotion of mental health and prevention of mental illness is a strategic and policy priority in Australia and this is reflected in similar directions internationally.

Advances in Mental Health is a forum for researchers and practitioners from different disciplines, cultures and countries to come together in order to achieve conceptual clarity and advance the development, evaluation, and implementation of effective strategies.


Section Policies


  • Editorial submissions are sought from the editorial board, editors and gues editors of the journal for regular and special issues. Authors wishing to submit editorials should contact the Editorial Team.

Submissions for general issues

  • Submissions for general issues should be made to this section. Articles will be edited by the journal's Editorial Team.

Book Reviews

  • Proposals for book reviews should be made to the Book Review Editor.
  • Book Review Submissions must be via this section.
  • Book review submissions should be 500–1000 words, and should have a short references section (of 4–8 citations).

Call for Papers

  • Approved call for papers submissions appear in this section of the Journal.

Letters to Editor

Minds Matter


Guest Editor, Professor Kim Foster at UoC

Abstracts due 1st November, 2014

Manuscripts due February 1st 2015

Cover date August 2015

Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention

Special issue 


Types of papers

This issue will focus on solutions rather than problems encountered by Indigenous people. It is widely accepted that Indigenous people face significant barriers in seeking help and accessing mental health and social and emotional wellbeing services. Suicide rates for Indigenous people are of grave concern, being twice that of other Australians.   In addition, the pervasive nature of high psychological distress levels in the community has resulted in Indigenous suicide becoming a public health problem. At this moment in time the greatest need is to highlight service models, programs and strategies that have the potential to make a difference to the current landscape. We are looking for research articles, case studies and reviews of such services and models for this issue with the aim of providing a foundation on which to develop result oriented, transferable and sustainable public health programs.

Guest Editors

Dr Anton Isaacs

Dr. Isaacs is a public health physician with expertise in designing and implementing mental health services for rural and underserved communities both in Australia and overseas. In India, he set up Maanasi, a rural mental health service which has been integrated into primary health care services with over 1500 registered clients. In Australia, Dr. Isaacs developed the Koori Men's Health Day which is an innovative model of early detection of mental health problems among Aboriginal men. This model has been adopted by the Aboriginal community in Gippsland, Victoria. Dr. Isaacs is currently evaluating the Victorian Aboriginal Youth Suicide prevention program.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberley in Western Australia. She is a research fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia.  Her roles include Chief Investigator in an ARC (Indigenous Discovery) grant, Cultural Continuity and Change: Indigenous Solutions to Mental Health Issues and lead of the National Empowerment Project that works with 11 sites across the country developing communities social emotional wellbeing as programs in response to suicide prevention. She is the lead editor of the second edition of Working Together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principals and Practice. She serves on many committees, councils and boards. She is a Commissioner, on the National Mental Health Commission, the chair of the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Suicide Prevention Advisory Group and a steering committee and founding chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist Association (AIPA).

Physical health and mental health



Peer Review Process

Contributions are welcome from scientists, social scientists, clinicians, consumers, carers, practitioners and academics and policy makers from a wide range of disciplines. Advances in Mental Health provides a forum for young researchers and actively seek out those undertaking higher degrees or preparing dissertations that may be relevant. One member of the editorial board has a particular interest in this area.

Article formats include, but are not restricted to:

  • reviews and theoretical articles
  • original applied research and empirical studies
  • analyses of population needs
  • evaluations of innovative or model programs
  • service reorientation studies offering solutions for administrators, policy makers and service providers
  • comments on policy, history, politics, economics and ethics.

Review Guidelines

Advances in Mental Health aims to match the best global standards for reviewing submitted papers. The review process provides:

  • helpful assessment of a paper's strengths, and diagnosis of its problem areas

  • clear, constructive advice on how to develop and improvement the strength of a paper

  • prompt feedback.

The blind peer review process and information in manuscripts must have guaranteed confidentiality. To ensure this, reviewers are requested to not discuss the manuscript with another person.


Publication Frequency

Advances in Mental Health publishes two general issues and one special issues per annum.


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