Michael Musker

Michael Musker

Adelaide Nursing School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Mike has 30 years practice experience in mental health. He was the Advanced Clinical Services Coordinator for the South Australian Forensic Mental Health Service. Mike was the winner of the South Australian Nurse Excellence Awards 2013. He completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide and is now the Bellberry Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Mind & Brain Theme at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. His PhD research training focused on Perpetrator Induced Traumatic Stress (PITS) and included interviewing forensic mental health patients and prisoners about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other comorbid disorders. Mike is researching mental health, including bullying, trauma, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many other areas. Most of this research is completed through face to face interview using structured interviews and other diagnostic tools. Mike has helped to develop consumer led practice in South Australia, chairing the Forensic Mental Health Service Lived Experience and Carers group for over 10 years, and has been facilitating the regular meetings of the Consumer (Lived Experience) and Carer Research Consultation Group in the Mind & Brain theme since May 2015. Mike has been a representative at the SAHMRI Consumer Engagement Group since it’s inception at SAHMRI and been nominated to represent the Lifelong Health Theme as the liaison for Consumer and Community Engagement in SAHMRI at a strategic level. Mike is currently researching Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, examining the role of pro-inflammatory cytokines. He recently published the outcomes of a study into depression and obesity, and another article on issues around recruitment of research participants in mental health studies.


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