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

Digital 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 and wellbeing concerns 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.

e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) is a support service and research collaboration between Queensland University of Technology, University of Sydney, Black Dog Institute and Menzies, funded by the Australian Government to promote and implement Digital Mental Health services in the primary healthcare sector. The role of Menzies within eMHPrac is to improve the reach and utilization of culturally appropriate Digital Mental Health supports amongst service providers working with Indigenous clients. . Key aspects of our work include developing and delivering training and implementation support in Digital 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.

Training:

Free training workshops are provided to health and community services in selected sites. The training course builds awareness and skills in using Digital 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 Digital Mental Health, so that participants can then train others within their organisation beyond the life of the project.   

Extended Implementation Support:

We also provide an implementation support program to a small number of service providers. The implementation support program involves a commitment from an organisation to work towards the implementation of Digital Mental Health approaches into practice. This is matched by extensive implementation support provided by the eMHPrac program through Menzies School of Health Research.  This program includes adapting the Digital Mental Health training program to service providers’ needs, as well as facilitated implementation support workshops, both before and after training.

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Project dates:

The project commenced in 2013 and will conclude in mid-2019.

Funder:
  • Commonwealth Department of Health
Collaborators:
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Sydney
  • Black Dog Institute.
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  2. 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.
  3. 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.