Contributing to Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System
Following the announcement of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System in 2019, the we were involved in a number of consultations regarding the opportunities for digital interventions in supporting improved mental health outcomes for Victorians.
The aim of the Royal Commission was to map out a plan of action that drives major changes to Victoria’s mental health services. These changes will provide a new roadmap for addressing the burden of mental health conditions in Victoria, reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and promote more inclusive communities.
Making recovery more accessible for refugees of war
Milions of Afghani refugees in Kabul and Tehran are vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, but are unable to access proper mental health care.
Our research is seeking to make treatment more accessible by developing a low-cost and easy to implement memory-training program to improve the mental health of adolescent refugee. The therapy is easy to implement, and does not require a professional psychologist to run, making it more accessible for war-torn communities.
Developing culturally sensitive tools for addressing lateral violence
Lateral violence is a term used to describe harmful behaviours that are perpetrated by community members against each other. Our research is exploring the impact of lateral violence on Indigenous communities, and how cultural identity and access to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians .
The study is developing interventions and resources that are culturally sensitive, taking into account issues of indigenous heritage, cultural identity and connection to Country.
Delivering telehealth to rural communities impacted by bushfire
The 2019-2020 bushfire season was unprecedented in intensity, resulting in fatalities and huge losses of land and wildlife. We have been engaging with affected communities to deliver cutting-edge, evidence-based telehealth treatments via our Trauma Clinic.
Through the clinic, we work with community members and emergency services personnel affected by traumatic events including police, ambulance paramedics and firefighters with established evidence-based programs delivered to individuals, communities and organisations.