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How does expressive writing promote recovery from trauma? 

Description and Methodology: The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of writing in the recovery from post-traumatic stress. Previous work has shown that three or more sessions of structured writing can reduce post-traumatic stress and produce positive health benefits. We are hoping to understand the processes that influence such outcomes following writing tasks, in order to improve existing psychological treatments for people with post-traumatic stress (PTS) symptoms or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Participants: We intend to recruit 150 Australian adults who have experienced a traumatic event at least one month ago, which still causes distress in their lives.

Use of Data and Feedback: The data will be used as part of a PhD thesis and to produce peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations, to inform the research and clinical community about the study’s findings.

For more information and to see whether you are eligible, scan visit:

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Biology of Agomelatine in Depression: An Open-Label Study of Agomelatine in Adults with Major Depressive Disorder

We are seeking people (18-75) with major depression disorder to be involved in our study. This study aims to identify biomarkers that could help predict response to an established medication treatment for depression. You will be required to take a daily dose of a locally approved medication for 8 weeks. A non-invasive EEG will be used to record your brainwaves three times throughout the study period. You will be required to complete a series of questionnaires at each research appointment and have an interview with one of the study clinicians. The study also involves a genetic saliva sample and laboratory blood tests. All data collected will
be de-identified.

Contact CTC: Ana Rita Barreiros on +61(2)86273319 or

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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

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Exploring experiences and wellbeing of family members of people with serious mental illness

This project aims to explore family members experiences of coping with the caregiving needs of a person living with serious mental illness. Although research studies have previously explored coping experiences in this domain, few have used a family systems perspective to explore how family interactions influence these experiences. Family systems theory recognises that individual family member experiences are influenced by other family dynamics. This study will specifically aim to explore how family interactions may influence coping styles adopted by family carers, and the effectiveness of these styles in supporting their wellbeing.

Principal Investigator Details
Dr Sonya Winterbotham
Telephone: (07) 4631 1177

Mr James Ellis
Mobile: 0409 300 220

Ms Skye Wilson
Mobile: 0499 266 583


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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Effectiveness of Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The purpose of this project is to assess the acceptability and feasibility of a self-guided internet-delivered cognitive behavioural treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, The OCD Course, in a large sample. All participants in this research trial will receive immediate access to the Course in a self-guided format.

This is an open trial design where all accepted participants will receive immediate access to the course. Participants are asked to complete standardised questionnaire measures at 4 main time points: Pre-treatment, mid-treatment, post-treatment and 3-month follow up.

Inclusion criteria are: (a) English speaking; (b) 18 years of age or above; (c) have regular access to the internet; (d) no immediate suicidal plans or intention, or recent history of suicide attempts or deliberate self-harm; (e) a score of at least 7 on a subscale of the Dimensional Obsessive Compulsive Scale (DOCS); (f) a score of at least 14 on the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (YBOCS); (g) meet criteria for OCD on the OCD module of the self-report Diagnostic Interview for Anxiety, Mood, Obsessive-Compulsive and other Neuropsychiatric Disorders (DIAMOND). Australian and international participants will be accepted in to the course.

Interested and suitable adults with obsessive-compulsive symptoms will be recruited into the research project via the eCentreClinic website (; the eCentreClinic is a specialist, not-for-profit, research clinic which develops and evaluates online and workbook delivered treatments for a range of common mental health and chronic health conditions with the aim of increasing access to effective, evidence-based treatment.

Consenting participants will be provided with access to the OCD Course; a 5 Lesson, 8 week, self-management Course that provides good information and supports participants to learn evidence-based self-management skills for treating symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The study is aiming to gain an 'Understanding the Effectiveness of Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder'. The researchers are seeking participants with symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder to participate in a clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of an internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy program. This is an open trial where all participants get immediate access to the treatment. The treatment is provided free of charge. The treatment includes 5 lessons, delivered over 8 weeks. Participants will be asked to complete some self-report questionnaires online to measure their symptoms at pre-treatment, post-treatment and three months after the treatment ends.

For all other enquiries, please contact Sarah McDonald via email at

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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)


Optimising pharmacotherapy for bipolar disorder: An investigation of patient treatment histories

Researchers at the University of New South Wales and Black Dog Institute are conducting a project looking at treatments (especially medications) for bipolar disorder. By hearing your personal stories about your journeys through treatment, we hope to be able to improve the lives of individuals with bipolar disorder by making recommendations for better treatment decisions.

The research study is looking recruit people who meet the following criteria:
• Are 18 years of age or older.
• Are fluent speakers of English.
• Have a diagnosis of bipolar I or bipolar II disorder.
• Are currently euthymic (i.e. not distinctively depressed or high).

In addition, we are looking for participants who have taken at least one of the following medications:

• Carbamazepine (i.e. Tegretol, Temporol)
• Lamotrigine (i.e. Lamictal)
• Lithium (i.e. Quilonum)
• Sodium Valproate (i.e. Divalproex, Depakote, Epilim)
Participants will be asked to complete an online survey that should not take more than 30 minutes. You will be asked about your treatment history, experiences with bipolar disorder, and demographic details. The survey will be completely anonymous.

If you wish to participate, you may click on the survey link provided in this post, or visit the following URL:

If you have any questions about the study, you may contact the research team via the contact details below.

Research Team Contact: Michael Spoelma, Research Assistant
Email:, Tel: +61 2 9385 7444

Chief Investigator: Gordon Parker, Scientia Professor of Psychiatry
Email:, Tel: +61 2 9385 7674


How have you been coping with the effects of COVID-19?

Are you over 18 years old and living in Australia? Sydney University researchers want to hear about the impact of COVID-19 on your life.

You are invited to take part in a research study about the mental health and comorbid impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian community. This study investigates how housing, social relationships, comorbidities and resilience impact on mental health and wellbeing.  Our aim is to discover what puts our community at risk during pandemics, what protects them, and what can be done to protect community mental health and comorbidities better in the future.  
You have been invited to participate in this study because you are a person living in the Australian community who is aged 18 or above. This Participant Information Statement tells you about the research study. Knowing what is involved will help you decide if you want to take part in the research. Please read this sheet carefully and ask questions about anything that you don’t understand or want to know more about.  
Participation in this research study is voluntary and takes between 30 - 60 mins. 

By giving your consent to take part in this study you are telling us that you: 

Understand what you have read.
Agree to take part in the research study as outlined below.
Agree to the use of your personal information as described.

To participate contact Dr Marlee Bower: or ph 02 8627 9332