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If you would like us to post your study on this page, please submit your details and ethics approval documentation using our online Research Study Application Form.  Go to form

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New treatment options for depression

Researchers at Macquarie University are planning a clinical trial investigating psychedelic microdosing. We plan to test the effect of repeated low doses of psilocybin (the active ingredient in 'magic mushrooms') as a possible treatment for depression.

We are seeking people with experience of depression to complete a short survey on the suitability of this new treatment.

Have you had a diagnosis of depression and are you willing to complete a short (20 minute) online survey?

 All participants in the survey will be entered into a prize draw for a $200 gift cardd

Please contact for more information.

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Exploring consumers' and nurses' experiences with the Mental State Examination (MSE) in an acute in-patient mental health setting.

We want to hear from individuals who have previously been admitted to a mental health unit.

Did a Registered Nurse ask you some questions about your thoughts and feelings and other experiences related to your mental health?

If so, the research team would like to invite you to participate in our research study.


  • English speaking
  • Over the age of 18 years old
  • 1 to 12 months since discharged from an acute in-patient mental health setting
  • Able to consent and attend to an interview with a researcher using Zoom or telephone
  • Able to re-collect experiences of a time when a nurse conducted the Mental State Examination (MSE) with you

Please contact Spasija Volcevska, on 02 9685 9804 or email to find out more.

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Examining the relationship between psychotic symptoms and speech in clinical and non-clinical groups (EPSILON)

The EPSILON project aims to examine how psychiatric symptoms relate to speech and communication in daily life. In particular, it aims to examine 1) if these relationships exist in two major psychiatric conditions (schizophrenia spectrum and bipolar disorders), 2) if these relationships are consistent across time, and 3) if symptom changes are reflected in accompanying speech and communication changes. The information will be used towards developing an alternative method of symptom assessment using speech in psychiatry.

Participation Required: 5 online surveys over 5 weeks. Option to also participate in audio interview via Zoom after each survey. Remuneration - Coles $10 voucher per survey, plus $15 for each Zoom interview.

Adults 18-65, diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar I or II disorder

If you are interested, please contact the research team at for more information.



How do people who have had or continue to have ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) perceive and adapt to any consequences of ECT in their daily lives? What strategies do people use to manage any of these consequences?


This study aims to identify how mental health consumers perceive and adapt to the ongoing consequences of ECT in their daily lives. we aim to address the lack of exploration of the longer-term impacts of ECT and the strategies people employ to manage any identified consequences over the long term. The aim of this study is to better understand the longer-term impacts of ECT as well as the facilitators and barriers to living well after ECT.

Participation Required: 1.5 hour focus group session via Zoom. Remunerated with $25 gift card.
Criteria: Adults 18+, have experienced or continue to experience ECT (at least six months since first experience of ECT), not currently an in-patient of an acute unit.

If you are interested in being involved:

Please contact Karen Wells on 0490768363 or email or contact Nicola Hancock on 02 9351 9379 or email: to find out more.


Pharmacist-led collaborative screening and referral for the early intervention of depression among older Australians in the community: exploring consumer and pharmacist needs

Researchers from the University of Sydney would like to invite you to participate in a study exploring pharmacists’ roles in screening older people for depression.

Your involvement would entail a 30-MINUTE INTERVIEW (via telephone or Zoom) at a time that suits you, with a researcher from the University of Sydney.

You will be reimbursed for your time if you choose to participate in this study.

Who can participate?
• People aged over 65
• Have you visited a community pharmacy in the past?
• Would you be interested to share your opinions on pharmacists’ roles in mental health care?

Please Contact Dr Sarira El-Den or Duha Nur Gide for more information. or 02 8627 6417 or or 0422 885 145

The University of Newcastle

Volunteers Needed - Cognitive and Emotional Symptoms in Psychosis 

Aim of Research: Difficulties with social interaction, understanding facial emotions, and making facial expressions cause significant functional impairment in schizophrenia, but are inadequately treated compared to delusions and hallucinations which have received more attention. This research study seeks to find the brain regions that cause these symptoms.

Researcher: University of Newcastle

People between 16-50 years of age who
(1) Have a history of psychosis
(2) Weight < 130kg

The session will take 3-4 hrs and includes:
• Playing some simple games on a computer
• MRI scan of the brain while watching a film clip
The research aims to discover the brain pathways that cause emotional symptoms.

• See a picture of your brain!
• $30 grocery voucher as compensation

Dr Jayson Jeganathan
Phone: 0417 474 119

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You are invited to contribute to a national online collection of narratives of people living with (the diagnosis) BPD.

This research project, conducted by RMIT University and partner organisations including Lived Experience Australia, aims to explore people’s experiences, understandings, and views of living with (the diagnosis of) BPD, including mental healthcare and available supports, social support, and everyday life. We are interested in diverse self-generated and creative accounts of everyday and life experiences from people living with (the diagnosis of) BPD.

Participation in this project involves answering general questions about yourself, responding to several questions about your experiences of health and wellbeing, illness and support related to receiving BPD diagnosis or identifying with the BPD label: and, contributing a direct account of your experiences or a fictional representation.

Find out more about what is involved here


eHealth self-management strategies for Bipolar Disorder

People with Bipolar Disorder experience its impacts differently, and the current study is being conducted to gain a better understanding of what electronic methods of self-managing the disorder (eHealth) are helpful, how this varies among those diagnosed with the disorder, and how helpful methods change over time. This will help in better understanding the varying needs for people with Bipolar Disorder and contribute to future research developing a greater understanding of how these needs may change over the course of the disorder. This research may help in understanding how eHealth can be better targeted to meet these needs and can assist healthcare professionals to have a better understanding of how treatment and self-management needs and preferences differ so they can best assist people in getting to a place of recovery.

This study is aimed at anyone over 18 that has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and has used any form of eHealth to help them stay well. If you wish to participate, you will be redirected to an online survey. It is expected that the survey will take 25 minutes. It contains questions around your current experience of Bipolar Disorder in terms of general wellbeing, and your use of eHealth for the management of the illness.

If you would like further information, or you have any concerns regarding this project, please contact the principal researcher.

Contact details:

Principal Researcher:
Dr. Sue Lauder (Cairnmillar Institute)
Phone: 03 9813 3400


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Unusual Bodily Experiences and Beliefs in Body Dysmorphic and Related Disorders

Individuals with a history of body dysmorphic disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder are invited to take part in an online study investigating unusual bodily experiences and beliefs. To be eligible, participants will also need to have NO HISTORY of an eating disorder, neurological disorder (e.g. migraine, epilepsy) or traumatic brain injury. The survey should take no more than one hour and is entirely anonymous. To participate or find out more please click the following link: For all other enquiries, please contact Ms Grace Fountas via email at (SUHREC; reference number 20203049-5528)