The IMPRovE Partnership Trial

Implementing work-related Mental health guidelines in general PRacticE (IMPRovE)

The National Health and Medical Research Council has awarded the Department of General Practice, Monash University, with a partnership project grant to implement the Clinical guideline for the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions in general practice. The Implementing work-related Mental health conditions in general PRacticE (IMPRovE) trial is now recruiting GPs and patients to join as participants.

GPs have a significant role in enhancing recovery and return to work outcomes for patients with work-related mental health conditions. However, current practice is hampered by clinical uncertainties and system difficulties that GPs encounter in practice.

Our key objectives with IMPRovE are to increase the delivery of evidence-based care for patients with work-related mental health conditions in Australian general practice, to assess the cost-effectiveness of our intervention and plan for national scale up.

Study information for patient participants

IMPRovE is seeking to recruit patients who

  • are >18 years old
  • are currently employed (people receiving Jobkeeper or workers’ compensation are also eligible to join)
  • have symptoms of a mental health condition (such as anxiety, depression and stress) that has arisen as a result of work factors
  • are receiving care from a GP who is also enrolled in the trial

Participating patients will be asked to complete a survey now, in six months, and in twelve months. You will also be asked to contribute de-identified health data to the project team. Participating patients will receive a $25 gift voucher each time you complete the survey.

Project documents

2 page Explanatory Statement for Patient Participants

Detailed Explanatory Statement for Patient Participants

Join the trial as a patient participant or request a phone call from a member of the project team

Study information for GP participants

We are interested in hearing from GPs who would like to improve their care for patients with work-related mental health conditions by participating in the trial.

GPs in the trial will be randomised either to an intervention arm, where over 18 months they will receive an intervention comprising tailored educational outreach and engagement through an online community of practice, or to a control arm, where they will be offered key components of the intervention when the trial concludes.

GPs who complete all requirements of data collection plus academic detailing and attendance at one pre-specified webinar on PTSD,  will receive $800 plus either 40 RACGP CPD points or 8 ACRRM PDP points at the conclusion of the trial, and their practices will receive $500.

In the following 12 months, we would like each participating GP clinic to recruit between 14 and 24 patients who have confirmed or suspected work-related mental health conditions. We are seeking GPs who are based in Victoria, NSW or the ACT and consider that they (alone or along with other participating GPs in a practice) can assist us to recruit these patients into the trial.

Project documents

Brief Explanatory Statement for GP Participants

Detailed Explanatory Statement for GP Participants

Join the trial as a GP participant or request a phone call from a member of the project team