Aims:
  • Improve the reach and utilisation of e-mental health supports, particularly in rural/remote areas and with Indigenous people
  • Advise the Australian Government on the most effective ways to support the emental health environment.

Summary:

E-mental health services provide an efficient and cost-effective opportunity to reach populations with poor service access. Such programs offer treatment and support to people with mental health disorders through telephone, mobile phone, computer and online applications and can range from the provision of health information, peer support services, virtual applications and games, through to real-time interaction with clinicians trained to assist people experiencing mental health issues.

Menzies is coordinating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander component of the eMental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) project in the NT. eMHPrac is a collaboration between Queensland University of Technology, University of Sydney, Black Dog Institute and Australian National University, funded by the Australian Government to promote and implement e-mental health services in the primary healthcare sector. Key aspects of our work include developing and delivering training and support in e-mental health for health professionals in primary healthcare such as Aboriginal Health Workers, Aboriginal Mental Health Workers, nurses, allied health professionals and GPs. This includes supporting the implementation of the AIMhi Stay Strong App, an iPad-based therapy designed to help Indigenous people improve their wellbeing, into routine care.

Training:

Free training workshops are provided to health and community services interested in being involved in the project. The training workshops share strategies and resources including e-mental health resources for understanding mental health, promoting wellbeing and delivering brief interventions in the setting of mental illness, substance misuse and physical illness. More information can be found here or download our manual here.

The team:

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Project dates:

The project commenced in 2013 and will conclude in 2016.

Get involved in this project:

If you are a health professional working in primary healthcare in the Northern Territory and are interested in learning about e-mental health strategies, please contact Stef Puszka (Top End) or Michelle Sweet (Central Australia).

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Funder:
  • Commonwealth Department of Health
Collaborators:
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Sydney
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Australian National University
  • Black Dog Institute.