Mervat Quirke | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Mervat Quirke

EMBA, Sunshine Coast

  • Strategic Partnerships Manager
  • Thompson Institute
Sunshine Coast
Mervat Quirke

Driven to build connection and capability in the community, Mervat Quirke leads the partnership strategy at UniSC’s Thompson Institute, a world-class facility for mental health and neurological research.

Mervat identifies, develops and maintains strategic partnerships with community, specialist and government groups locally, nationally and globally.

These partnerships support the success of a range of the Thompson Institute’s mental health research and community programs in areas including suicide prevention, youth mental health, ageing and dementia, and PTSD.

Her work also helps close the gap between research, industry and community, connecting more people with the benefits of mental health expertise, education and support.

Mervat has been a leader in the for-purpose charity sector for more than 20 years, and has led the transformation of charities, including Bloomhill Cancer Care where she served as CEO for seven years.

She holds an Executive Master of Business and Governance, which allows her to provide clearer insights into industry and community strategies.

Mervat sits on the Sunshine Coast Council Community Strategy leadership group as well as community health panels and her work has been recognised through business awards.


  • Finalist, Engagement Australia Excellence Awards, Award for Outstanding Leadership in Engagement, 2021
  • Engagement Australia Excellence Awards, Community Engagement 2021 (Awarded to The Alliance for Suicide Prevention)
  • Vice Chancellor and President's Awards, Excellence in Engagement - Commendation, 2021
  • Professional Business Woman of the Year, Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network, 2017