CMHDARN – Research Skills Webinar Series – Developing a Research Question



Developing a question to answer is fundamental to research. A good question gives the research a framework, can help decide the methods used for undertaking the research and will make the research findings meaningful. Without a good question, research can be useless.

This webinar will cover how to develop a research question in the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors, including how to make it meaningful in non-government settings where funding for research is often not the priority.

A bit about the presenters:

Dr Justin Scanlan – is an occupational therapist with a clinical background in mental health practice. He is currently a senior lecturer and course director for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. Prior to taking up his position at The University of Sydney, Justin was Professional Senior for Occupational Therapy in mental health in Sydney Local Health District from 2007 to 2016. Over his research career Justin has supported many clinicians to engage in research. One of his key contributions to this process has been in supporting clinicians to determine research questions that can be answered and projects that can be achieved within a busy workload.

Dr Rosemaree Miller – is a Research and Data management Officer with NADA and a conjoint lecturer with the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle. In her role with NADA, Rose leads research that strengthens the performance of the AOD sector and supports NADA members, government and universities with the use of data from NADAbase for reporting, quality improvement and research. Rose is passionate about teaching and enabling others to conduct research, as well as helping to make working with, collecting and analysing data accessible for everyone.

The webinar will be recorded live with participants able to ask questions throughout.

another webinar that may be of interest;

CMHDARN – Ethical and Inclusive Research
Wednesday 27th May, 2020 – 11am to 12pm
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If you have any questions – contact the CMHDARN Coordinator at

The Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) is a collaborative project between Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies (NADA), Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and the Mental Health Commission of NSW.  Visit the CMHDARN website here