Interview with Professor Jayashri Kulkarni

Interview with Professor Jayashri Kulkarni

Special Mental Health Week Interview | 7-13 October 2023

Mental ill health is a growing problem in Australia – one that has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing, and knowing how to support others, has never been more important.

With the launch of Mental Health Week from 7-15 October 2023, we sat down with Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM, a leader and expert in the field of women's mental health, for an exclusive interview on how the pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues for many women, her ground-breaking clinical research of women's mental health, and her advice to industry on appropriate steps to raise awareness and support to tackle the illness.


Professor Jayashri Kulkarni is the founder and director of two research centres – HER Centre Australia and the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). She is also Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Central Clinical School, Monash University – Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and the Head of Women’s Mental Health at Cabrini Health. Professor Jayashri Kulkarni has also received the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to psychiatry.