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Penny Mitchell

Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
quantitative methods; qualitative methods
primary care
primary health care; social care; systems integration
organisational systems
social sciences
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Penny Mitchell

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Mixed methods research
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Penny Mitchell


Penny Mitchell (BSc Hons, MPH) has worked as a researcher in public health and mental health since 1987, specialising in service development research and evaluation. Her main areas of work experience are in the fields of mental health, suicide prevention, transcultural mental health, primary health and social care.

She has worked in a wide variety of service, academic and government settings in NSW and Victoria.
Penny recently completed her PhD based at the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics at The University of Melbourne’s School of Population Health. Her thesis examined the mental health care roles of non-medical primary health and social care services, and how organisational factors, both within services and in the wider environment, affect the uptake of new mental health care roles. Penny’s academic interests currently focus on:
~X organisation of health care – organisational and management factors affecting health care improvement initiatives including innovation, evidence-based practice and knowledge transfer / exchange
~X health care systems – how organisations work together to address complex health care problems; interagency networks; intersectoral collaboration
~X complex care needs - models of mental health care for clients and populations with complex needs i.e. experiencing difficulties in a range of social and psychosocial domains
~X practice-based research – health services research that is embedded in practice settings to facilitate continuous knowledge exchange and organisational development
~X mixed methods research - approaches to the integration of quantitative and qualitative research including the phases of data collection, analysis and interpretation

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 18 most recent scholarly works by Penny Mitchell.




Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health


Centre For Youth Mental Health


Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand


Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Masters of Public Health

University of Sydney

Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology

University of New South Wales