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The Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute was established by USC as a hub for world-class mental health research, teaching and clinical services.

The work conducted at the Thompson Institute is focused around four central themes:

  1. the provision of clinical services

  2. advocacy for patients and their carers

  3. conducting ground breaking translation research

  4. education and teaching

Opening in 2018, it has built a reputation for using a unique, integrated model of care, which has put it at the forefront of research for some of regional Australia's most pressing mental health issues, including dementia, suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress disorder, and youth mental health.

The Thompson Institute is named after local philanthropists Roy and Nola Thompson, who donated a A$7 million to building the project in 2015, followed by a further A$3.6 million for MRI imaging equipment.

In 2017, the Australian Government allocated $5 million to help the Thompson Institute create clinical treatment programs to improve youth mental health and support suicide prevention.

Professor Jim Lagopoulos is the Director, Thompson Institute and has been involved with neuroimaging research for more than 20 years.


The Thompson Institute Board was formed in 2017 and replaced the QMNI Foundation Board.

The Thompson Institute Board members are:

  • Professor Maxwell Bennett (Chair)
  • Air Chief Marshall Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)
  • Professor Greg Hill
  • Professor Jim Lagopoulos
  • Mr Roy Thompson
  • Trudi Ashcroft
  • Ms Jenny Morawska
  • Ms Natasha Read
Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute
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