What is the research about?
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may suffer distress and poor mental health from living with a chronic illness, travelling away from family and country to receive treatment, poor access to housing and accommodation and big changes to their lifestyle.
  • The WICKD study is a randomised controlled trial to address the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with CKD.
  • It builds on an existing program of mental health research – the Aboriginal and Islander Mental Health Initiative (AIMhi) – which has developed innovative culturally adapted mental health treatment strategies.
  • WICKD will test the effectiveness of a culturally adapted e-mental health intervention in improving mental health and wellbeing, quality of life and attendance at treatment for people with CKD. The study will also measure the cost effectiveness of this approach in CKD services.
  • We hope to work together with service providers to transfer research into practice and improve the mental health and wellbeing of clients.
Chief investigators:
Associate investigators:
  • Ms Sarah Brown - CEO, Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku (Purple House)
  • Dr Cherian Sajiv – Director of Central Australian Renal Services
  • Dr William Majoni – Clinical lead, Department of Nephrology (Top End)
  • Dr Christine Connors – General Manager Primary Health Care Top End Health Services
  • Ms Cilla Preece – Researcher and renal consumer
Key contacts:
Project dates:

The project commenced in July 2016 and is due to be completed in June 2019.

Information for study participants to get involved with this project:

Please click here.

 

Funders:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Collaborators:
  • NT Department of Health
  • Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Sydney
  1. Fixing health—why housing and income policy must be part of the mix

    Fixing health—why housing and income policy must be part of the mix

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    In an AHHA issues brief released today, Stefanie Puszka outlines why housing and income policy changes needed to improve health outcomes.

  2. WICKD News - July 2018

    WICKD News - July 2018

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    The research team have almost reached the target of 156 participants. Work is still likely to continue in both Darwin and Alice Springs until the end of the year.

  3. WICKD News - March 2018

    WICKD News - March 2018

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    Participant recruitment and follow-ups are ongoing in Darwin and Alice Springs. The total number of recruits to date is 140.

  4. WICKD News - October 2017

    WICKD News - October 2017

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    Participant recruitment and follow-ups are ongoing in Darwin and Alice Springs. The total number of recruits to date is 107.

  5. WICKD News - June 2017

    WICKD News - June 2017

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    WICKD Study Update Participant recruitment is well under way in both Darwin and Alice Springs. The project is on track at 20 weeks.

  6. WICKD News - February 2017

    WICKD News - February 2017

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    The WICKD study is a randomised controlled trial that address the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with CKD-stage 5. It brings together service providers from the Department of Health and Purple House and a team of wellbeing researchers.