- 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.
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 Indigenous component of the e-Mental 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. This includes supporting the implementation of the AIMhi Stay Strong App, a tablet based therapy designed to support Indigenous people improve their wellbeing, into routine care.
Free training workshops are provided to health and community services in the NT. The training course builds awareness and skills in using e-mental health tools in practice, with a focus on the AIMhi Stay Strong App. The train the trainer course builds skills in developing and delivering training in e-mental health, so that participants can then train others within their organisation beyond the life of the project.
Click here to download the training flyer.
The project commenced in 2013 and will conclude in 2017.
- Commonwealth Department of Health
- Queensland University of Technology
- University of Sydney
- Australian National University
- Black Dog Institute.
Watch a demonstration of the Stay Strong app by clicking here.
- AIMhi Stay Strong App (iOS version)
- AIMhi Stay Strong App (Android version)
- Brief Treatment Manual
- On Track
Stay Strong newsletters:
- Povey, J., Mills, P., Dingwall, K., Lowell, A., Singer, J., Rotumah, D., Bennett-Levy, J., & Nagel, T. (2016). Acceptability of Mental Health Apps for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(3), e65.
- Dingwall, K., Puszka, S., Sweet, M., Mills, P.P., & Nagel, T. (2015) Evaluation of a culturally adapted training course in Indigenous e-mental health. Australasian Psychiatry, 23(6), 630-635.
- Dingwall, K.M., Puszka, S., Sweet, M., & Nagel, T. (2015). “Like drawing into sand”: Acceptability, feasibility and appropriateness of a new e-mental health resource for service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aust Psychologist 50,60-9.