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'What's New' eNewsletter May 2018

May 7, 2018

 

In this What's New: -

 

Two month waiting period waiver for private health insurance upgrades for mental health treatment

Coming home with bipolar: Information for families & carers

AHURI and Mind Australia seek partners for research on housing and mental health

Efficacy and Acceptability of Antidepressants in Acute Depression – What Does the Largest Ever Research Study on Antidepressants Tell Us?

New Report: NDIS and psychosocial disability – the Victorian story: Insights and policy recommendations from expert stakeholders

Research into the wellbeing of serving and ex-serving personnel released

Mental Health Media Watch – SANE Australia

AOD Media Watch

The ORBIT Research Study Progress Update

The global need for lived experience leadership

Mental Health Masterclass for HR and WHS Professionals

Exposure to Trauma & PTSD

Half of veterans leaving ADF experience mental disorders

 

Research – Participants Required

Hearing Voices and Trauma

A Study Comparing Rural and Metropolitan Mental Health

Retirement pathways, mental well-being and suicide in older rural Australians (NSW)

What term do you prefer? Carer, supporter or something else?

Burnout online study (BOOM)

(Exercise Services & Instructors) The Opinions and Experiences of Adults with Mental Illness

Supporting a Person after a Suicide Attempt

Looking for New Ways of Living Well with Bipolar?

A brain imaging study of social and emotional processing in bipolar disorder

The Australian Genetics of Depression Study

New Treatment Trial for Bipolar Depression

The Effectiveness of Mangosteen for People with Schizophrenia

Mental health consumer and carer survey – Experiences of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Bipolar Disorder Health and Lifestyle Study – Geelong

Early intervention in mental illness and substance abuse

Black Dog Institute Suicide Prevention Research

Black Dog Institute e-Mental Health Research

Virtual Clinic Mind Strong Study – National Online

 

Two month waiting period waiver for private health insurance upgrades for mental health treatment

From 1 April 2018, changes to private health insurance will provide a once-off waiver of the two-month waiting period for people who want to upgrade their cover for mental health treatment.  This is significant for access to mental health services, as the waiver of the waiting period is not available for any other health condition.

To help consumers better understand how the waiver will work, see the information available at:

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-privatehealth-supporting-mental-health  

To use this waiver to best advantage, it is important for consumers to understand what their current policy covers now, and what upgrade options they might want to use in the future.

 

Coming home with bipolar: Information for families & carers

Bipolar Australia has launched ‘Coming home with bipolar’, a new booklet to help the carers of people who have just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Over 568,000 Australians have bipolar, and around 45 people every day experience the first symptoms of the condition. This booklet has lots of simple, practical ideas about what carers can do to help the person they care for. Bipolar Australia also launched an extensive economic analysis of bipolar disorder in Australia, which you can find out more about here http://www.bipolaraustralia.org.au/resources/coming-home-with-bipolar/

 

AHURI and Mind Australia seek partners for research on housing and mental health

AHURI and Mind Australia are seeking partners for an exciting new research venture, Trajectories: the interplay between mental health and housing pathways. As a national study, Trajectories will identify potential practical interventions as well as ways housing and mental health systems can be improved for people with mental health issues. Mind Australia and AHURI are seeking three types of partners: funding partners to support the cost analysis; data partners to assist with data access and data provision; and consultation partners who are organisations or individuals who can assist with recruitment for the planned service provider, consumer, family and carer consultations. Partners will benefit by having access to the data and findings from the research to use for advocacy and policy and project planning.

For more information, go to https://www.ahuri.edu.au/evidence-in-action/news/ahuri-partners-with-mind-australia-to-research-housing-and-mental-health-pathways

 

Efficacy and Acceptability of Antidepressants in Acute Depression – What Does the Largest Ever Research Study on Antidepressants Tell Us?

https://psychscenehub.com/psychinsights/efficacy-acceptability-antidepressants-network-meta-analysis/

Antidepressants are widely used treatments for major depressive disorder. However, there is considerable debate on their effectiveness because their short-term benefits are modest and the long-term benefits and harms are under-researched.

 

In February 2018, a systematic review and network meta-analysis was published by Cipriani and colleagues, which compared the efficacy and acceptability of antidepressants to treat acute major depressive disorder.

 

New Report: NDIS and psychosocial disability – the Victorian story: Insights and policy recommendations from expert stakeholders

This report finds that while only around 10% of Victorians living with severe mental illness are expected to be eligible for the NDIS, critical community mental health services, supporting all Victorians living with severe mental illness, are being decommissioned to fund the scheme.

To read the report: http://apo.org.au/node/139141

 

Research into the wellbeing of serving and ex-serving personnel released

The first stages of research examining the health and wellbeing of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel during service and following their transition back into civilian life has been released by Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester. Mr Chester said the Mental Health Prevalence and Pathways to Care reports were the first reports under the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme, which is the most comprehensive study undertaken in Australia of the effect of military service on the mental, physical and social health of serving and ex-serving ADF personnel.  https://www.dva.gov.au/health-and-wellbeing/research-and-development/social-research/transition-and-wellbeing-research

 

Mental Health StigmaWatch – SANE Australia

www.sane.org/changing-attitudes/1942-stigmawatch

 

StigmaWatch promotes responsible reporting of mental illness and suicide in the Australian media.

 

Why is StigmaWatch important?

Mental illness and suicide are important issues for media to cover. When the issues are reported responsibly, the media can help reduce stigma surrounding mental illness and raise awareness of suicide prevention activities. However, research shows when mental illness and suicide are reported irresponsibly, media stories can do harm.

 

AOD Media Watch

Making media AOD reporting better www.aodmediawatch.com.au

 

The media plays an important role in the public debate regarding Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD). AOD Media Watch is run by a group of researchers and clinicians who work in the field that aim to improve the reporting of AOD issues through putting the spotlight on stories that contain misinformation, perpetuate unnecessary moral panic and stigma.

 

At AOD Media Watch, our mission is to improve media reporting on AOD-related issues. We engage with the media by critical analysis of articles published across Australia. We offer feedback to journalists by celebrating great journalism and highlighting poor reporting.

 

The ORBIT Research Study Progress Update

Positive feedback for online research program aiming to help those with bipolar

 

The ORBIT Research Program is an international study trialling online resources designed to improve quality of life for people who experience bipolar disorder. The research, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and led by Professor Greg Murray from Swinburne University involves a 5-week online-program and includes videos of people with lived experience and clinicians, exercises, tools, forums and an online coach.

 

The study, which has been running for 6-months has had over 200 people from 16 countries sign up to participate. Feedback from participants who have completed the program so far has been extremely positive. Participants are particularly enjoying the videos of real people talking about their experiences with bipolar disorder.

 

They have also reported finding the information relatable and appealing, that discussion forums and access to an online coach have been helpful while working through the material and that they have learned new skills. The study is still open to people between 18-65 years of age with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder to help trial these new, online, self-guided interventions.

 

For more information or to sign up to participate go to www.orbitonline.org

 

The global need for lived experience leadership

http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-08003-002

 

In the Western world, rapid growth in lived experience roles has led to an urgent need for training and workforce development. However, research indicates the roles risk being co-opted without clear lived experience leadership, which is often not occurring.

 

Mental Health Masterclass for HR and WHS Professionals

https://www.victorianchamber.com.au/business-solutions/training/short-courses/ohs-and-workcover/mental-health-masterclass-hr-and-whs-pro

 

This comprehensive one-day workshop will improve your ability to manage complex mental health issues in the workplace. Over the course of the day, we will look at mental health from a number of different perspectives, providing a clear understanding of workplace obligations under privacy, disability discrimination, workplace relations and safety laws. You will learn, with the benefit of case studies, group work and multimedia, how to effectively support and manage employees with mental health conditions as well as how to build a mentally healthy workplace that is both safe and productive.

 

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce is running a series of classes in Victoria. Check with your individual State Chamber of Commerce to see if they too are running this training. It’s invaluable!

 

Exposure to Trauma & PTSD

https://wisemind.com/theme/trauma-ptsd/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wisemind+trauma+april+2018

Exposure to significantly traumatic events can cause emotional distress for most people and can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

We feel these sessions are a useful resource that can educate, explain, and provide some useful exercises.

 

Traumatic events can include physical assault, sexual assault, abuse, war, serious accidents, harassment, or having a close friend or family member pass away. People experiencing depression, anxiety and eating disorders may have developed these conditions as a result of trauma. Fees Apply.

 

Half of veterans leaving ADF experience mental disorders

http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/half-of-veterans-suffer-mental-disorder-report-finds/9623888

On Thursday the government released the findings of the largest ever look at how being in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) impacts military personnel’s lives, and how leaving has its own problems.

 

It found that people leaving the ADF have much higher rates of mental disorders like anxiety, panic attacks, depression and drug and alcohol dependence.

 

Nearly half (46 per cent) of veterans who left the ADF within five years experienced a mental disorder, the report said.

 

Research – Participants Required

 

Hearing Voices and Trauma  - Melbourne, Victoria

www.recallstudy.com

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a research project. The purpose of this project is to evaluate a trauma-focussed treatment for voice hearing experiences. Trauma-focussed treatments involve talking through traumatic events in order to process the emotion and meaning of the events and reduce their impact in the present day.

 

We are inviting people who:

- Are aged 18-75

- Have experienced events in their life that might be considered to be traumatic

- Hear voices, (sometimes referred to as ‘auditory hallucinations’) that may be related to this traumatic event

- Are fluent in English

Participation will involve:

- Being randomly allocated to receive the six session intervention, or to a waiting list group who will be offered the intervention following their participation in the study

- Completing three assessment sessions (a baseline intake assessment and follow ups at eight and 12 weeks). These sessions will involve talking about your mental health, voice hearing and past traumatic experiences and completing some paper and pencil questionnaires

- Completing 12 days of monitoring of your voice hearing and memories of the traumatic event using a smart phone app (six days in week one and six days in week eight)

 

Participants will be financially reimbursed for their time/travel for these assessment sessions. The assessment and intervention sessions will be held at the Voices Clinic at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)

If you are interested in taking part or want more information, please contact: Rachel Brand on (03) 9214 4840 and leave a message or email: rbrand@swin.edu.au 

 

 

A Study Comparing Rural and Metropolitan Mental Health - National

Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP)

 

Rural people are at significantly higher risk of suicide and generally report limited access to mental health support compared to metropolitan Australians. Complete this research to help us determine the best intervention strategies to address this gap.

 

If you would like to find out more, or to complete this survey please click https://griffithmhiq.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0USeA379RWGyjdz

 

Researcher: Amy Kaukiainen M. Clinical Psychology, Griffith University, amy.kaukiainen@griffithuni.edu.au

Supervisor: Kairi Kolves, AISRAP Principle Research Fellow, k.kolves@griffith.edu.au

 

Ethics Clearance

This study has been cleared in accordance with the ethical review process of Griffith University and within the guidelines of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. (GU Ref No: 2017/910)

 

Retirement pathways, mental well-being and suicide in older rural Australians – Rural/Remote NSW

Western Sydney University

 

The researcher, Kylie Crnek-Georgeson, is interested in talking to people about their experiences of work and retirement in rural communities, and how it might affect mental well-being, including any form of suicidal behaviour. This is not a survey-based project. Kylie will interview individuals, taking approximately one hour, and she is interested in talking to people from the following groups in rural and remote New South Wales.

 

People over the age or 45, living in rural or remote NSW, and who relate to one of the following groups:

Group 1- Next of Kin (NOK) – Lived Experience (has had a family member die by suicide in the last 10 years, who was either working or retired and over 45 years of age)

Group 2- Lived Experience (has had lived experience of suicide and is either retired or working and over 45 years of age)

Group 3 – Retired or working (has not had any lived experience of suicide, either themselves or through the loss of a family member, and is over 45 years of age).

If you are interested in participating in this study click https://www.suicidepreventionaust.org/content/research-invitation-letter-university-western-sydney to download the Invitation Letter. You are also invited to call Kylie to ask questions about the project, by phone, email or letter.

 

Phone: (02) 4620 3628

Mail: Western Sydney University, School of Medicine, The Health Research Institute, Building 3, Campbelltown Campus

Attention: Kylie Crnek-Georgeson

Locked bag 1797, Penrith, NSW. 2751

Email: k.crnek-georgeson@westernsydney.edu.au

 

This project has been approved by the WSU Ethics Committee, Approval number H12022

 

What term do you prefer? Carer, supporter or something else? – National Online

SANE Australia Research Project

 

Do you live with or support someone living with a mental illness? Or, do you manage symptoms and receive assistance from a carer?

 

SANE Australia is interested in how you describe this relationship. The survey will take approximately 3-minutes survey and be part of the process of shaping language used by SANE Australia.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBZTMN6 to learn more or to participate.

 

Burnout online study (BOOM) – National Online

https://blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/participate-in-our-research/burnout-online-study

Are you currently experiencing BURNOUT?

Whether you are working, retired, studying or responsible for home/care duties, you may be currently feeling burnt out. If so, you are invited to participate in research aiming to clarify the nature of burnout, as well as to develop a tool to accurately measure the condition.

 

Would the research study be a good fit for you?

 

The study might be a good fit for you if you:

  • are fluent in written and spoken English

  • are between the ages of 18 and 65

  • self-identify as currently experiencing ‘burnout’.

 

(Exercise Services & Instructors) The Opinions and Experiences of Adults with Mental Illness – Brisbane, Queensland

This consumer-led research project is on the attitudes and opinions of people living with, or recovering from, mental illness who are over 18 years of age, and who have engaged with exercise services (e.g. gyms, sports clubs, walking groups), or exercise instructors (e.g. personal trainer, exercise physiologist, coach)

.

Exercise can improve physical and mental health; exercise services and exercise instructors can play a key role in increasing exercise participation in people with mental health issues. The aim of this qualitative study is to better understand your opinions and experiences with exercise services and instructors to guide recommendations given to exercise staff and organisations about working with people recovering from mental illness.

 

Participation will involve a 30-60 minute interview over the phone, or in person if you live in the Brisbane area. Further information can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TioQMQ32Clo6Q-thCH7hGyRBqRh9Qk_M

Justin Chapman

Research Officer, PhD

Phone: 0432 299 240

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

 

 

Supporting a Person after a Suicide Attempt

Here at SANE Australia, we are conducting a new piece of research in collaboration with the University of New England into people’s experience of supporting a person after a suicide attempt. The aim is to gain insight into the impact of supporting someone and the services or help that would make the role easier.

 

This research will lead to the development of resources to support people caring for a person after a suicide attempt.

 

If you are over 18 and have supported someone around attempted suicide in the last ten years, Survey available at: www.sane.org/better-support-project   Please also feel free to share with those in your network; the bigger sample we achieve, the more representative the research.

 

Looking for New Ways of Living Well with Bipolar? – International Online

www.orbitonline.org        

If you are over 18 and have bipolar disorder you may be eligible to help us trial new, online self-guided interventions designed to improve quality of life in people who experience bipolar. We are comparing two types of interventions that have been created by international experts which both include videos, exercises, tools, forums and an online coach.

To find out if these interventions are helpful, you would also be asked to complete 4 assessments (which include a telephone and online component) over a 6-month period. You will be reimbursed for participation in these assessments.

 

A brain imaging study of social and emotional processing in bipolar disorder – Hawthorn, Victoria

http://cogsbd.weebly.com/       

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder characterized by extreme fluctuations in mood.  Some people with bipolar disorder experience impairments in thinking or difficulties in processing and regulating emotions.  It is possible that particular types of genes and circuits in the brain contribute to these difficulties, but further research is needed to understand their involvement.

 

This project aims to investigate the thinking and emotional patterns associated with bipolar disorder through the use of cutting-edge neuropsychology and neuroscience techniques.

 

The Australian Genetics of Depression Study – National Online & Postal Sample

https://www.geneticsofdepression.org.au/    

The overarching objective of the Australian Genetics of Depression Study is to learn more about the genetic drivers of clinical depression, and the genetic factors that influence the effectiveness of various clinical depression treatments.

 

Study researchers are working to recruit more than 20,000 Australians aged 18+ to the study who:

•Have been treated for clinical depression in the past; or

•Are currently being treated for clinical depression.

If you know of anyone living with depression, now or in the past please let them know about the study.

 

New Treatment Trial for Bipolar Depression – Melbourne, Victoria & Brisbane, Queensland

www.mangosteenbipolar.com          

Do you have bipolar disorder and are looking for something more than your usual treatment?

You are invited to join a preliminary study of the effectiveness and benefits of the Mangosteen Fruit Extract for people with Bipolar Depression.

 

The Effectiveness of Mangosteen for People With Schizophrenia – Geelong & Melbourne, Victoria

https://mangosteenschizophrenia.com/       

The project aims to determine if the product made from mangosteen fruit will have a positive effect on the symptoms of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder

 

 

Mental health consumer and carer survey – Experiences of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/63Y53QN

The purpose of this survey is to inform Occupational Therapy Australia’s presentation at the upcoming National NDIS Mental Health Conference in November. OTA’s presentation will focus on current issues associated with the provision of NDIS services for people with psychosocial disability. The presentation is titled ‘Keep Calm and Carry On: A newcomer’s guide to the NDIS’. It will be delivered by Anita Volkert, OTA’s National Manager: Professional Practice and Development.

 

Bipolar Disorder Health and Lifestyle Study – Geelong, Victoria

http://www.barwonhealth.org.au/currently-recruiting-clinical-trials-other-studies/item/geelong-bipolar-disorder-health-and-lifestyle-research-study   

 

This study aims to investigate health and lifestyle factors associated with bipolar disorder and its related illnesses.

The purpose of this investigation is to increase our understanding of bipolar disorder and related illnesses, and may benefit people with bipolar disorder by further understanding the illness.

Participants must have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, be aged over 20, and usually reside in the Geelong and surrounding area.

 

 

Early intervention in mental illness and substance abuse

www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/key-research-areas/prevention-in-young-people

 

Adolescence can be a difficult time for many young people. It is seen as a crucial period for intervention as 75% of mental health problems emerge before the age of 25 years. Led by Scientia Professor Helen Christensen, the Black Dog Institute is focused on developing ways to prevent the onset of mental illness in young people. Prevention targeted at the right time can help to stop young people from experiencing episodes of both depression and bipolar disorder. To engage adolescents, our prevention work often utilises web-based technology and mobile apps.

 

Black Dog Institute Suicide Prevention Research – Several studies including Apps, Online, Face to Face

www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/key-research-areas/suicide-prevention for details on current prevention research

 

The Black Dog Institute is a strong and vocal player in suicide research, an area of great unmet need. The Black Dog Institute currently hosts the prestigious NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, led by Professor Christensen.

 

Young Australians are more likely to take their own life than die from motor vehicle accidents or skin cancer. Suicide is the most common cause of death in Australians aged 15-44 and the tenth most common cause of death overall for Australian males. In Australia, the financial costs have been estimated at $17.5b or 1% of GDP.

 

Many people with suicidal thoughts are reluctant to seek help. The Internet can play an important role in overcoming obstacles for seeking help by providing accessible and anonymous prevention efforts. The suicide prevention research team are working on a range of projects in suicide prevention.

 

Black Dog Institute e-Mental Health Research – National Online & Apps

www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/key-research-areas/emental-health

 

The Black Dog Institute is a leader in the area of e-mental health research developing interventions to lower depression, lower suicide risk and promote wellbeing. It is known that about two-thirds of people with a mental illness do not seek help. Despite increased investment and strong evidence showing that prevention and intervention saves lives, factors like geography, stigma and social circumstances make it hard for people to get help.

 

Virtual Clinic Mind Strong Study – National Online

https://virtualclinic.org.au/trials/study

We are recruiting individuals who are currently experiencing difficulties with anxiety and/or low mood for a study to evaluate two of our online treatment programs.

 

The study uses our well-established 6-lesson mixed anxiety and depression course as well as our new mindfulness training course. Our job at St Vincent’s is to understand how established cognitive behavioural therapy compares to mindfulness training to help people with anxiety and/or depression to get better quicker and stay better for longer.

 

After completing a phone interview, people entering the study will be randomly allocated to either of these two courses and able to start treatment immediately.

 

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