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Current research

This page has information about projects currently underway.  

PARCS Project

The PARCS Project is a seven-part study that aims to explore the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of Victoria’s adult PARC services. The project is a partnership between academic institutions, Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS), clinical mental health service providers and the Victorian Government. 

PARCS Project newsletter - April 2017

Self-Management and recovery technology (SMART) project 

The SMART project is exploring new ways to use technology to support consumers of mental health services. It includes the development of online resources on self-management and recovery for psychosis; and three studies evaluating the use of technology in different settings.

We are currently looking for new participants for all studies.

For more information view the SMART project newsletter.  

PULSAR Secondary Care study

The PULSAR Secondary Care study aims to promote and evaluate recovery-oriented practice in specialist mental health services in Victoria; specifically Monash Health, Mind Australia and Ermha. Sites include Community Care Units, Crisis Assessment & Treatment Teams, Community Mental Health Services, Community Outreach Services, Mobile Support Teams, Continuing Care Teams and Prevention and Recovery Care. Consumers from these services are invited to complete questionnaires and face-to-face interviews about their recovery, well-being and experiences with mental health services.

Pulsar Newsletter - April 2017

Pulsar Newsletter - July 2016

Pulsar Newsletter - January 2017

Addressing smoking among disadvantaged populations with high smoking prevalence 

Addressing smoking among disadvantaged populations with high smoking prevalence is a priority of both national and state-based tobacco strategies. People living with mental illness have a smoking prevalence that is two to three times higher than the general population and it is particularly harmful for this population.

Australian data on the attitudes, practices and knowledge about smoking cessation of health care providers and health practitioners who provide services to people living with mental illness is needed.

Are you a health practitioner with patients living with severe mental illness?

If so, please partipatate in a 10-15 minute, anonymous survey conducted by researchers at the School of Public Health, the University of Queensland. Everyone who completes the survey will have the chance to win a travel gift voucher to the value of $2000.

The results will assist in the identification of health care providers’ needs and how to improve smoking cessation services for your patients.   

To participate click here.

Investigating factors that influence the efficacy of cognitive remediation therapy in individuals with schizophrenia

People with serious mental health problems, particularly those with a diagnosis of schizophrenia related disorder, often report difficulties in concentration, attention and memory. These cognitive problems can make day-to-day functioning more difficult, and are one of the strongest predictors of future persisting disability.

There are several therapeutic innovations available that can help people to overcome these cognitive difficulties by building on their existing skills or developing new skills in order to improve everyday functioning.

We are conducting a research study through Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) that explores factors that influence the effectiveness of Cognitive Remediation Therapy for people diagnosed with schizophrenia.

If you would like to be involved, know someone who might be interested or would like to find out more please contact Maree Reser on 03 9214 3604 or 0451 169 656 or email: crtprogram@gmail.com  

For more information view the Cognitive Remediation Therapy poster.

Mental health carers’ relationship experiences and coping strategies

Are you a carer for someone challenged with mental ill-health? The University of Wollongong is undertaking a study titled "Mental health carers' relationship experiences and coping strategies."  This research may have implications when designing interventions to assist carers to have more healthy and meaningful relationships.

This research will require you to reflect on your relationship problems and coping styles (ie avoidance, anxiety and hostility) which some may find distressing. 

The survey can be completed at a location of your choosing, and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. For more information about this study contact Elly Bailey (PhD candidate) on 02 4221 4279 or elb997@uowmail.edu.au

To participate in the research click here.

Experiences and expectations of early career Australian social workers

Share your experiences as a social worker working in the health sector. Research is currently underway to investigate the experiences of early career social workers by talking to social workers with less than three years experience or a manager or supervisor of an early career social worker. The research is being conducted in two phases. The first phase is an online questionnaire which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Following this you can choose whether to take part in phase two, the interview.

For further information about this research and to complete the questionnaire relevant to your social work role go to:
http://healthsciences.curtin.edu.au/teaching/otsw_research-experiences-expectations.cfm

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) research

Are you a family member who has cared for someone who has received Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)? ECT is often used to treat major depression and occasionally other major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, acute mania and bipolar disorder.  

The Unversity of South Australia is conducting research which aims to:

  • Explore the informal and formal supports available to family carers after a family member has received ECT.
  • Explore the barriers that family carers face in accessing support after a family member has received ECT.
  • Identify the services, resources and support required by family carers to assist them in their caring role.

You are invited to participate in a face-to-face interview with the researcher, which will run for approximately one (1) hour. 

For more information about this research click here. 

Caring for people diagnosed with bipolar/substance use disorders

Help develop an understanding of the experiences of family members, partners and friends who are a primary source of support for a loved one with both bipolar and substance use disorders (alcohol or other drug problems). As part of the research close family members, partners or friends who are 21 years or over, and have experience in supporting individuals diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and substance use disorder are invited to share their experience, needs and knowledge.

Participants will be asked to attend an interview of up to 90 minutes, (or two briefer interviews if more convenient). You can select to be interviewed face-to-face, via phone and/or Skype. Alternatively, you can reply to the interview questions by paper mail or email, which may involve follow up contact, if clarification is needed.

This research is being conducted by a Master of Clinical Psychology student from the School of Psychology at Deakin University in Geelong under the supervision of Dr Lesley Berk and Dr Tess Knight. 

For more information about the project and what will be involved should you chose to participate, click here.

Evaluation of Mind Australia's Peer Recovery Community Services implementation

Mind Australia’s Adult Residential Rehabilitation Services have recently undergone several changes, including a new name: Peer Recovery Communities (PRC).

In March and April 2015 current or past residents/clients of these services, their families and carers, Mind Staff and external service providers will have the chance to tell us what you think about the change to the new PRC model.

If you are interested in participating in the research and want more information click here

The SMART Research Program

The SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Technology) Research Program is investigating how digital technology can be integrated within mental health services for people with serious mental illness.

We are looking for people who have experienced psychosis to participate in research involving face-to-face sessions with a facilitator using online materials on an iPad.

For more information about SMART and the research program click here

Principles Unite Local Services Assisting Recovery (PULSAR) project

The PULSAR (Principles Unite Local Services Assisting Recovery) project is a training and research project funded by the Victorian State Government's Mental Illness Research Fund (MIRF). The project will test a practical approach to address the vital issue of how different types of services (Mind Australia, Ermha and Monash Health) within the Southern Region of Victoria can be refocused to support recovery. It is expected to shed light on how clinical mental health, primary care and community support services can collaborate effectively and support people using mental health services to achieve their personal recovery goals. Mind Australia staff and consumers are involved in PULSAR.

For more information click here

Online Wellbeing Centre trial

Are you aged 18-25? If so, we invite you to be a part of the Online Wellbeing Centre trial! The Online Wellbeing Centre will enable you to find out what your wellbeing looks like and access apps to help achieve your goals.

For more information click here

The CORE Study

The CORE study is a collaboration between service providers, consumers and carers to redesign adult mental health services. It explores if this collaborative design approach results in improved adult mental health services with enhanced health and wellbeing outomces for people who access mental health services and carers.

For more information about this research click here

View The CORE Study Community Report

Knowledge and experiences of carers when they are managing a mental health crisis

The aim of the study is to investigate how carers cope when the person they are looking after has a mental health crisis. This study will identify the main issues that will help carers and the person with a mental illness, in the event of a crisis. In particular, this study is focused on whether there are enough resources in the community to support carers.

How do I get involved?

We are looking for both men and women over 18 to complete an online survey. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous. You can withdraw from the study at any stage before submitting the questionnaire. If you do so no record of your incomplete survey is kept.

If you are interested in participating please complete the survey found at the following link:

http://www.deakin.edu.au/psychology/research/carers/

 
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