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Photovoice Research

 Western Sydney University_Logo

Western Sydney's University are looking for young people to share their stories of recovery after discharge from a mental health unit.

Are you between the ages of 18 -29 years old?
Do you like taking photos with your smartphone?
Are you a consumer, client, patient discharged more than 12 weeks from a mental health unit? 

Name :     Ms. Aileen Lane, Master of Research Candidate - School of Nursing & Midwifery
Email :


Consumer Involvement in Peer-driven Family Support Services

How could consumer involvement (peer support programs) enhance carers’ perceived social support and mental health? ANU-logo

There is now increasing evidence highlighting the positive outcomes of a consumer-involved support service, the peer-driven family support services (Levasseur et al., 2019).  Yet, limited research papers explain why and how the consumer-involved peer-driven family support services could provide better social support to the carers. This study aims to better understand the participation experiences of peer-driven family support programs.

Participants must be a carer who is caring for a relative living with mental health issues and is/has been participating in the peer-driven family support service. Participation is restricted to individuals above the age of 18 years who live in Australia. Recruiting approximately 100 peer-driven family support service users in Australia.

This project involves: (1) Interview (45 min) at ANU or the venue participants prefer, $50 gift-card draw; and (2) E-survey (15 min), 2 x $50 gift-card draw.

Researcher:  Yin Kwan CHAN, currently completing Psychology Honours under the supervision of Dr Brett Scholz, within the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University.

Survey Link : 
Download or view:    Participant Info Sheet  (PDF 384.3KB)
Download or view:    Flyer (JPG 827.7KB)

Name :     Louisa Yin Chan
Phone :    0415 564 202
Email :

Recruiting:   15 June - 31 Oct 2019

Help us better understand the treatment decision-making needs of people with problematic alcohol use and depressionUniversity of Sydney

Have you experienced problematic alcohol use AND depression? Have you had to decide on your early intervention and treatment options?

Researchers at the University of Sydney want to hear from people who have experienced (or are currently experiencing) problematic alcohol use and depression about the difficulties they face when making decisions about early interventions and treatment options, and strategies for better supporting these decisions.

Dr Alana Fisher, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow is conducting this study at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, based at the University of Sydney.

For more information and take part in the online survey, go to:

Project Outline (PDF 320.3KB)
Flyer (PDF 317.1KB)

Dr Alana Fisher - University of Sydney
Email :
Phone :    +61 404 629 858

Online survey about treatment preferences for depression

Are you currently experiencing or have previously experienced depression that is difficult to treat? Have you tried at least TWO antidepressant medications within one depressive period?

CaPPRe researchers are looking for patients to participate in a 30 minute online survey about how you value different treatments for depression. You will be compensated for your time.

The results of this research will help make better treatments available in Australia.

Get more info and check your eligibility here:

CaPPRe is an independent research company which is working with a pharmaceutical company, and SANE, a mental health organisation, to conduct research into people's preferences for treatments of depression. They are looking for people whose symptoms have not improved despite receiving adequate treatment (also known as treatment resistant depression).


Neuroimaging Research on Treatment-Resistant Depression

We are seeking people (aged between 18-65 years) clinically diagnosed with major depression disorder and that have not responded to treatment to be involved in a study aiming to identify biomarkers that could help better predict the development of the disorder. Participation involves:

  • an interview
  • MRI brain scan
  • cognitive assessments
  • an EEG

Participants will be reimbursed for their time, and can also get a picture of their brain!

Exclusion Criteria: insufficient English, current primary diagnosis of eating disorder, personality disorder, PTSD, substance dependence, current pregnancy, history or current neurological disorder or brain injury, recent history (in the last 6 months) of electroconvulsive therapy.

Ana Rita Barreiros
+61 2 8627 3319

Download the flyer (PDF 233.4KB)

University of Sydney/The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Brain Dynamics Centre

MHFA and Melbourne Uni Psychosis Delphi

MHFA Psychosis Delphi

Mental Health First Aid Australia and The University of Melbourne are undertaking a Delphi study to update the mental health first aid guidelines for Psychosis. These guidelines were published in 2008 and it is important that these are updated based on current evidence.

Visit to see the current guidelines (2008).

We are currently inviting people from Australia, UK, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the USA who have expertise in the field of psychosis to participate in this research. This includes people with a lived experience of psychosis, people who have cared for or provided significant support to someone with psychosis, and professionals with research, education or clinical experience related to psychosis.

If you are interested contact Fairlie Cottrill at Mental Health First Aid Australia  +61 3 9079 0207
Download MHFA Psychosis Delphi Flyer for more information (PDF 154.3KB)

Bipolar II Decision Aid


Want to learn more about the evidence-based treatment options for preventing relapse in bipolar II disorder? Need personalised guidance weighing up the pros and cons of the different options?

Researchers at the University of Sydney and the Black Dog Institute are testing a world-first website to help people with bipolar II disorder make the “right” treatment decision for them.

university-of-sydney-logoTo view the flyer and links to take part in this research, click here.... (PDF 415.7KB)
To view the Participant Information Statement, click here (PDF 466.6KB) 



Relating to others with Mental Illness
University of Sydney

Are you over 18? Are you an Australian citizen or permanent resident? Do you have a past or present diagnosis of mental illness or have you ever seen a professional to discuss mental health difficulties?

If you answered YES to all of the above, we invite you to participant in an online survey about how you relate to other people with mental illness, your experiences with people without mental illness, and what impact this has on your wellbeing.

The survey will take around 15 minutes, and participants will have the chance to win one of four movie vouchers.
Please share the survey among your family and friends.

Have you supported a young adult experiencing mental health problems?

Share your caregiving wisdom

Researchers at the University of Sydney want to find out what strategies parents use to support young people who experience mental health problems, and which they find most helpful. Your experience can help support other parents.

If you are, or have been, a parent or guardian of a young person aged 15-24 who has experienced mental health problems, you are invited to complete an anonymous online survey. This survey should take around 30-45 minutes. 

As a token of our appreciation, you can go into a draw to win a $100 gift voucher of your choice.
(We will give 1 gift card per 25 respondents. The email address you can provide for this draw is not linked to your survey answers.)

Further information and the Parent Support Survey are at:
Or contact Andrea Mizzi or Dr Anne Honey on 93519370 or

Download the Parent Support Survey flyer (PDF 57.2KB)
Download the Parent Support Survey Information Sheet (PDF 407.2KB)

Experiences that help ignite hope for mental health recoveryuniversity-of-sydney-logo

University of Sydney wants to learn from you!

Over and over again we hear that HOPE is one of the most important things for mental health recovery – but what experiences or situations give people hope? If you are on your own mental health recovery journey and you are over 18 years of age, we would love you to help us better understand HOPE. We are researchers at the University of Sydney and we would like to invite you to share just one moment or experience that ‘ignited’ your HOPE for recovery.

This study will help other consumers and people working to support them in their recovery to better understand what helps people to find and hold on to hope.

To find out more about the study and to share your experience of a thing, a situation or a person that made you feel hopeful about your own recovery, please go to this link:

It will take between 10 and 30 minutes depending on how much you have to say! If you have any questions, please contact Nicola Hancock on 02 9351 9379 or

People will have the opportunity at the end of the survey to go into the draw for one of 10 x $50 vouchers as a sign of appreciation for the efforts you have made to taking the time to tell us about your experiences in this study.

Opportunity to Participate in University of NSW Research Project:UNSW

Beliefs about Schizophrenia

This research is being done by the University of NSW to learn more about the impact of schizophrenia in families, attitudes to genetic testing and individuals’ explanations for this illness. The information that will be collected as part of this study will be used to provide the best possible service for people with schizophrenia and their families.  

We are seeking to recruit participants in pairs, consisting of:

  1. An individual who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia
  2. One first-degree relative (mother, father, child, sibling) of this individual, who does not have a diagnosis of schizophrenia themselves.

Participants must be 18 years old and over and be able to speak English proficiently.
The study involves each participant completing a separate telephone interview, which will take about 30 to 60 minutes. 

Participants will each be reimbursed for their time with a $50 ColesMyer gift voucher.

Download or view the Project Protocol  (PDF 21.6KB)

If you are interested in participating in this research study or would like more information, please contact:

Name:    Melissa Cullen 
Phone:    (02) 9385 0030 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)*
*Please leave a message if you ring on one of the other days, and Melissa will call you back as soon as possible.

Uploaded 26 March 2018


Intergenerational Parenting Study Monash Uni

Do you belong to the ‘sandwich generation’?

Researchers are interested in hearing from you about your parenting practices and factors that influence parenting across generations.Intergenerational Parenting QR Code

You will be invited to respond to an online questionnaire that should take no longer than 30 minutes.
Your participation would be valuable and appreciated greatly.


  • You have/had a parent diagnosed with a mental illness
  • You are currently a parent of at least one child between ages 4 and 10
  • English Speaking
  • Willing to participate in an online questionnaire

    Kindly scan the QR code or copy the following link onto your web browser to access this survey.

For further information, please contact Pamela (PhD Candidate)


A new measure of factors related to mental health problems and treatment.Australian-College-of-Applied-Psychology-ACAP

You are invited to participate in a study about predictors of mental health. 

The study will help to validate and test a new measure that may help to identify people at risk of developing certain sorts of mental health problems. The study findings may assist in the development of new psychological treatments.

Participants would be required to complete a 30-45 minute online survey.
Once you have completed the study you will be given the opportunity to win a $50 Coles/Myer gift voucher.
The survey is being disseminated via an online link which preserves the participants anonymity.

If you would like further information regarding this survey or the study, please contact Jacob at or through the study's Facebook page

This research has received full approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (HREC approval number 341080617).

Dr Nicholas Marlowe, Assoc Prof Kathryn Nicholson Perry and Jacob Lee.

To participate in the study, please use the link below: