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MENTAL HEALTH | World-leading youth mental health facility opens in Sydney

A dedicated youth mental health facility was officially opened at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute on 28 September 2009.

The $16m facility, funded by the NSW Government and the University of Sydney, provides 15 clinical and research suites, group rooms and youth-appropriate facilities for those aged 12 to 25 years. It will support over 30 clinicians and allied research teams, and will also house collaborative work being undertaken between the BMRI and the Inspire Foundation.

Professor Ian Hickie AM, executive director of the Brain and Mind Institute, said, "Emotional and behavioural disorders currently account for over 60 per cent of disability costs in those aged 15 to 34 years, with 75 per cent of major mental illnesses starting before the age of 25. This major commitment by the University of Sydney and the NSW Government to respond directly to these issues is unique in Australia and world-leading in its philosophy".

Further information about the Brain and Mind Research Institute is available online at:

Source: University of Sydney 2009, $16m youth mental health facility opens, media release, 28 September, viewed 28 September 2009,