Dr Milena Heinsch

Milena Heinsch

Research Interests

My research interest lies in examining the dense and intricate relationships, systems, politics and processes required to mobilise knowledge and translate evidence-based interventions into health and social care practice.

I develop and evaluate implementation models designed to promote the uptake of digital interventions for a range of health and mental health conditions, including comorbid mental health and substance use, brain cancer and chronic childhood pain. 

Why did you get into research?

My research interest lies in examining the dense and intricate relationships, systems, politics and processes required to mobilise knowledge and translate evidence-based interventions into health and social care practice.

I develop and evaluate implementation models designed to promote the uptake of digital interventions for a range of health and mental health conditions, including comorbid mental health and substance use, brain cancer and chronic childhood pain. 

What would be your ultimate goal for research?

My ultimate goal is to ensure that people have access to the knowledge and treatment they need, at the time when they most need it.

Profile/Biography

Dr Milena Heinsch is an accredited Social Worker and Senior Research Fellow at the Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health, University of Newcastle. She also holds a substantive position as Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Newcastle. Milena is an implementation scientist with a focus on the complex and dynamic mechanisms that influence uptake of evidence-based health interventions in practice, and advanced skills in the development of implementation and translation models. She has forged a national and international reputation in both public health and social work, and has a keen interest in combining qualitative and quantitative methods to facilitate a more holistic and encompassing approach to examining health and wellbeing. 

Milena has established partnerships with leading industry and government partners Beyond Blue, NSW Ministry of Health, NSW State Emergency Services, Smiling Mind, NIB Foundation, Mark Hughes Foundation, CF Australia and Uniting (NSW, ACT). She has collaborated with scholars from the University of Sydney Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, UNSW, Black Dog Institute, Macquarie University, Yale University, University of Sussex, King’s College London, John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Hunter Medical Research Institute, University of North-western Switzerland, University of Technology Sydney.

Future Focus

The future focus of Dr Heinsch’s work is on enhancing community engagement in the design, development and implementation of research, to ensure that research outcomes best meet the specific needs and circumstances of those for whom it is intended.

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Development of integrated, theory-informed implementation and translation frameworks and models
  • Qualitative and mixed methodologies
  • Interprofessional research and practice

Affiliations

  • HMRI
  • Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research, The University of Newcastle
  • PREMISE NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Illness and Substance Use, The University of Sydney
  • Society, Health and Disability Research Group, The University of Newcastle