Professor Philip Burgess


School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
0419 343303


Professor Philip Burgess is a researcher in the field of mental health services research and evaluation. He is a Professor with the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland, based at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research.

Philip holds qualifications in clinical psychology and has over 30 years of experience in the design, analysis and reporting of research projects, including systematic literature reviews, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, studies based on routinely collected administrative health and mental health data, epidemiological survey data, and evaluations of health programs and interventions using observational and quasi-experimental research designs.

Philip’s current role is with the Analysis and Reporting Component of the Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN), which leads the design, analysis and reporting of the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection ( In this role, he is leading a range of projects designed to improve the measurement of patient- and service-level outcomes in Australia's specialised public sector mental health services.

Research Interests

  • Understanding population patterns of health service utilisation for mental health problems
  • Evaluating mental health care and suicide prevention reforms
  • Using epidemiological and policy analyses to inform mental health service planning decisions
  • Investigating clinical and psychosocial outcomes of public sector specialised mental health treatment services and models


  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Arts, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne


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Book Chapter

  • McDermott, F., Happell, B., Meadows, G., Fossey, E., Sundram, S., Shawyer, F., Favilla, A., McNab, C., Inder, B., Wadsworth, Y., Grey, F., Pinches, A., Bassilios, B., Harris, M., Burgess, P., Pirkis, J. and Klaic, K. (2020). Advancing knowledge in mental health care. Mental health and collaborative community practice. An Australian perspective. (pp. 1.4-+) edited by Graham Meadows, John Farhall, Ellie Fossey, Brenda Happell, Fiona McDermott, Sebastian Rosenberg, Vrinda Edan, Merinda Epstein, Hamilton Kennedy and Cath Roper. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Coombs, Tim, Burgess, Philip, Dickson, Rosemary and McKay, Roderick (2017). Routine outcome measurement and the development of the Australian mental health workforce: the first 25 years of implementation are the hardest. Workforce development theory and practice in the mental health sector. (pp. 302-316) edited by Mark Smith and Angela F. Jury. Hersey, PA, United States: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1874-7.ch015

  • Segal, Steven P. and Burgess, Philip (2012). Extended outpatient civil commitment and treatment utilization. International social health care policy, programs, and studies. (pp. 37-51) edited by Gary Rosenburg and Andrew Weissman. New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203726181

  • Pirkis, Jane, Goldney, Robert and Burgess, Philip (2003). Suicidality in the community. Health, Social Policy and Communities. (pp. 328-339) edited by P. Liamputtong-Rice and H. Gardner. Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford University Press.

  • Meadows, Graham, Fossey, Ellie, Harvey, Carol and Burgess, Philip (2000). The assessment of perceived need. Unmet Need in Psychiatry: Problems, Resources, Responses. (pp. 390-398) edited by Gavin Andrews and Scott Henderson. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

  • Creamer, M., Burgess, P., Buckingham, W. and Pattison, P. (1993). Posttrauma reactions following a multiple shooting: A retrospective study and methodological inquiry. International Handbook of Traumatic Stress Syndromes. (pp. 201-212) edited by John P. Wilson and Beverley Raphael. New York: Plenum Press.

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