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Mental Health and Higher Education in Australia

  • Showcases models of practice and engagement to build community resilience in mental health

  • Presents evidence-based discussions with practical examples in an Australian context

  • Examines policy directions and analysis of mental health in higher education in Australia

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxii
  2. An Evolving Higher Education Landscape in Australia Including Institutional and Curriculum Responses

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Margaret Anne Carter, Abraham P. Francis
      Pages 3-13
    3. Developing a University Mental Health Framework for Australia

      • Vivienne Browne, Penny Carlson
      Pages 15-28
    4. COVID-19 and the Changing Higher Education Landscape: The Impact on Academics and Their Well-Being

      • Margaret Anne Carter, Vicki Hutton, Hyacinth Udah, Abraham Francis
      Pages 29-49
    5. Cultural Partnership Practice and Mental Health in Higher Education

      • Narayan Gopalkrishnan, Hurriyet Babacan
      Pages 51-66
    6. Employing Humanistic Teaching Approaches to Promote Student Wellbeing in Higher Education

      • Mark David Chong, Abraham P. Francis, Margaret Anne Carter, Frank Darkwa Baffour
      Pages 87-101

About this book

This book addresses a broad range of issues related to mental health in higher education in Australia, with specific reference to student and staff well-being. It examines the challenges of creating and sustaining more resilient cultures within higher education and the community.  Showcasing some of Australia's unique experiences, the authors present a multidisciplinary perspective of mental health supports and services relevant to the higher education landscape. This book examines the different ways Australian higher education institutions responded/are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, with reference to domestic and international students. Through the exploration of practice and research, the authors add to the rich discourses on well-being in the higher education.


  • Student Well Being in Australia
  • Student Well Being in higher education
  • Teaching Staff Well Being in Australia
  • Teaching Staff Well Being in Higher Education
  • International Student Well Being
  • Student Mental Health Strategies
  • Mental Health Strategies in Higher Education
  • COVID 19 and Student Well Being in Higher Education
  • Higher Education and Impact of Mental Health
  • Community Engagement and Partnerships
  • Community Well Being and Education
  • Community Resilience in Mental Health
  • Resilience and Recovery of Students
  • Resilience and Recovery of Teachers
  • Mental Health Policies and Programes in Education
  • Mental Health Intervention in Education
  • Government Engagement and Positive Mental Health
  • NGO Engagement and Positive Mental Health
  • Innovations in Mental Health Services and Delivery
  • Mental Health Research in Higher Education

Editors and Affiliations

  • College of Arts, Society, and Education, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

    Abraham P. Francis

  • Australian College of Applied Professions, Brisbane, Australia

    Margaret Anne Carter

About the editors

Dr Abraham P. Francis is an Associate Professor, Head of Social Work and Human Services academic group at James Cook University, Australia, Adjunct Faculty for MSW Programs, Prasanna School of Public Health (PSPH) (Manipal), and a research fellow at the  Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He has worked with Government, Non-government, and corporate sectors, and has developed many international partnerships. He has extensively contributed to the literature on Social Work and social work practice in mental health through his publications, convening conferences, establishing research collaborations and developing consortiums. His other research interests are in the field of communities, criminal justice, international social work, and gerontological social work.  His excellence in teaching has been recognised on several occasions. In 2010, Dr Francis was a recipient of James Cook University’s Inclusive Practice Award for his “exceptional support for students with a disability”. In 2016, he received the University’s ‘Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning’ for his “leadership and expertise in social work education in mental health that inspires and nurtures students to be competent, confident and compassionate practitioners”. In 2018, Dr Francis received the NAPASWI (National Association of Professional Association Social Workers in India) lifetime achievement for his outstanding contribution to Social Work Education.

Professor Margaret Anne Carter commenced at Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) in 2019 as Chair of the Discipline of Counselling for Australia.  Before coming to ACAP, Margaret Anne was employed at James Cook University as a lecturer since 2010, first in Singapore as a Senior Lecturer in Education (2010-2013) and then in Australia as a Senior Lecturer in Education, and then Associate Professor (2017-2018). Prior to joining James Cook University in 2010,  Margaret Anne worked as a School Guidance Counsellor at Brisbane Catholic Education, the CEO of M.A. Carter Consultancy, District Guidance Counsellor and Special Education Consultant Brisbane Catholic Education, and Pre-school Teacher. Margaret Anne completed her Diploma of Teaching Primary and Preschool at Brisbane College of Advanced Education, a Bachelor of Educational Studies and Master of Educational Studies at University of Queensland, and Doctor of Education at Queensland University of Technology. Margaret Anne is currently an adjunct professor with James Cook University and is a member of several doctoral supervisory teams. Margaret Anne’s scholarly work with higher degree research candidates, both locally and globally, focuses on leading socially sustainable change. Her scholarship and research in cyber safety and mental health is grounded in understanding that mental health is everyone’s business. 


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Mental Health and Higher Education in Australia

  • Editors: Abraham P. Francis, Margaret Anne Carter

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-8039-7Published: 13 March 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-16-8042-7Published: 14 March 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-8040-3Published: 12 March 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 355

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Higher Education, Mental Health, Educational Policy and Politics, Teaching and Teacher Education, Social Work and Community Development

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
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  • ISBN: 978-981-16-8040-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)