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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 (www.ecentreclinic.org); 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 sarah.mcdonald@uts.edu.au.


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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: https://swinuw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_byMYiu7Y0cUUrhH. For all other enquiries, please contact Ms Grace Fountas via email at gfountas@swin.edu.au. (SUHREC; reference number 20203049-5528)


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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:

https://unsw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_em2QfaEn3vT3Oi9

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: m.spoelma@unsw.edu.au, Tel: +61 2 9385 7444


Chief Investigator: Gordon Parker, Scientia Professor of Psychiatry
Email: g.parker@unsw.edu.au, Tel: +61 2 9385 7674


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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: marlee.bower@sydney.edu.au or ph 02 8627 9332

 


Exploring Mental Health Caregiving Study

This is a study looking at understanding caregiver experiences through the Power Threat Meaning Framework. They are looking for caregivers to interview regarding their experiences and how this fits into a new mental health framework. All participants receive a $25 gift-card for their time. Interviews will be conducted at ACAP in Sydney or via ZOOM.

For more info about the study, click here