Maree leads a program of public health and health services research focusing on developing simple, cost effective strategies (which can be integrated with other secondary prevention strategies) to prevent depression and significantly improve the outcome for people with depression and other chronic diseases. This is in concordance with her current, highly competitive, National Health and Medical Research Foundation Career Development Fellowship on Improving the identification, management and outcome of people with depression and other chronic diseases.

Maree has research interests, experience and funding in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

She is also the Postgraduate Coordinator for The George Institute and holds a fractional (one day per week) paid appointment as a Professor of Epidemiology in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at The University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom.

Maree’s speaking topic at the conference is “The importance of language in mental health assessment