Older Adults – Participatory Design Workshops


We will be conducting Participatory Design workshops early in 2020. Please check back regularly for updates. 

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Current research trials
 

Trials 5 and 9: Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling

Summary

Trials 5 and 9 of Project Synergy is being conducted in partnership with Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling service, with the Open Arms Sydney and Lismore Centres serving as the research sites.

Open Arms is an Australia-wide service that provides counselling and support to current and ex-serving Australia Defence Force personnel, and their family members for mental health conditions (such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression) as well as relationship and family counselling.

The primary aim of this research is to co-design, develop, implement and evaluate the InnoWell Platform to achieve improved outcomes for current and ex-serving personnel and their families as well as the Open Arms health professionals and service staff. 


Due to end: December 2020
 

Publications: 
LaMonica HM, Davenport T, Cross S, Burns J, Hodson S, Veitch J, Hickie I. Using participatory design to engage the veteran community in technology-enabled mental health service reform for Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling. Journal of Medical Internet Research-Formative Research 2019; 3(3):e13662. doi.org/10.2196/13662


Conferences:
LaMonica HM, Davenport TA, Hickie IB. Co-designing technology-enabled solutions for mental health service reform for Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling. Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Mental Health Research, November 2019: Melbourne, Australia.

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Trial 6 – North Coast NSW headspace centres

Summary

Trial 6 of Project Synergy is being conducted with five headspace centres located on the North Coast of NSW. The North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) commissions three lead agencies to deliver services from five headspace centres in its footprint: Coffs Harbour and Grafton (GenHealth), Lismore and Tweed Heads (Social Futures), and Port Macquarie (EACH).

These centres are entry points for youth to access mental health services based on their identified clinical symptoms and risk factors. The primary aim of this research is to enhance the quality and timeliness of mental health services for youth on the North Coast of NSW through technology-enabled solutions implemented within these headspace centres.

Due to end: December 2020

Publications:
Rowe SC, Davenport TA, Easton MA, Jackson T, Melsness J, Ottavio A, Sinclair J, Hickie IB. Co-designing the InnoWell Platform to deliver the right mental health care, first time to regional youth. Australian Journal of Rural Health (in press – March 2020).

Conferences:
Rowe S, Sinclair J. Co-designing the InnoWell Platform to deliver the right mental health care, first time to regional youth. Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium, 2019: Adelaide, South Australia. Rowe SC, Jackson T, Davenport T, Easton M, Melsness J, Ottavio A, Hickie I. Implementing technology-enabled solutions in regional youth mental health services: barriers, challenges, levers and opportunities. Society of Mental Health Research, 2019: Melbourne, Victoria.

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Trial 7 – The Butterfly Foundation

Summary

Trial 7 of Project Synergy is being conducted in partnership with The Butterfly Foundation. The Butterfly Foundation’s National Helpline is a free and confidential service which provides information, counselling and treatment referrals for eating disorders, disordered eating, body image and related issues via telephone, online chat or email.

The Helpline provides information, support and guidance on treatment options as well as referral pathways on an as needs basis, and is delivered as a brief intervention with no ongoing therapeutic engagement with those who contact the service. Commonly, the Helpline is the first contact point for a person with concerns about their eating and body image and those that have not experienced any type of treatment to date. The primary aim of this research is to evaluate, prototype and configure a digital system for a non-traditional (online, phone, email) service providing support for eating disorders and body image issues through the use of co-design processes.

Due to end: April 2020

Conferences:
Hambleton A, Ottavio A, LaMonica H, Healey N, Davenport T, Hickie I. Technology-enabled service models for quality improvements in Australian mental health care delivery. 2nd Asia Pacific Integrated Care Conference, 2019: Melbourne, Australia.

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Trial 10 – Older People’s Trial


Summary

Trial 10 of Project Synergy is being conducted in partnership with the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. In order to identify the content and configuration requirements of the InnoWell Platform for older adults, appropriate groups/ clinics at the Brain and Mind Centre, such as the Healthy Brain Ageing (HBA) Research Group, will be engaged for the purposes of co-designing a prototype of the Platform.

The primary aim of this research is to co-design and configure the InnoWell Platform through co-design workshops and user testing with participants recruited through appropriate groups/ clinics at the Brain and Mind Centre (including partner organisations) to ensure the accessibility, engagement and appropriateness of the technology to best meet the needs of an older age group (50 years and older) and their supportive others (eg. family member, care-giver), as well as health professionals, service managers and administrators working with this population.


Due to end: December 2020

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Trial 11 – Kildare Road Medical Centre


Summary

Trial 11 of Project Synergy is being conducted in partnership with Kildare Road Medical Centre and is focussed on supporting mental health care as it is delivered through Australian general practice. Kildare Road Medical Centre is committed to the provision of high quality care for its patients, by way of offering convenient on-site access to a wide range of medical services for comprehensive and coordinated care. The overarching aim of this research is to configure and implement the InnoWell Platform to support Kildare Road Medical Centre’s delivery of mental health care.

Due to end: June 2020