Link-me: A randomised controlled trial of a systematic model of stepped mental health care in general practice

Project Details

The delivery of primary mental health care in Australia is undergoing significant reform. 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs) have been established across Australia to act as regional service planners and commissioners. A key component of the reform focuses on the challenge of tailoring care to individual needs in a cost-effective way. Ten PHNs have been selected by the Commonwealth Department of Health to act as leaders in mental health reform in the primary care setting and have been allocated specific priority areas (e.g. youth mental health, suicide prevention, severe and complex). Three of the PHNs have been selected and funded to collaborate with The University of Melbourne and the Commonwealth Department of Health on Link-me - a large-scale trial of a new approach to stepped health care in general practice, particularly focused on delivering care to those with complex needs.

The Link-me Trial will test whether a purpose-built Decision Support Tool (DST) to systematically identify and provide tailored treatment recommendations to those with low and high levels of mental health needs leads to clinically and cost effective benefits relative to usual care.

This trial is currently underway and final results will be available in 2020.

Researchers

Professor Jane Gunn (Lead Investigator) Department of General Practice (University of Melbourne)

Professor Jane Pirkis, (Lead Investigator) Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (University of Melbourne)

Dr Susan Fletcher (Investigator) Department of General Practice (University of Melbourne)

Dr Bridget Bassilios, (Investigator) Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (University of Melbourne)

Professor Meredith Harris, (Investigator) Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, School of Public Health (University of Queensland)

Associate Professor Cathrine Mihalopoulos, (Investigator) Deakin Health Economics (Deakin University)

Professor Philip Burgess, (Investigator) School of Public Health (University of Queensland)

Dr Victoria Palmer, (Investigator) Department of General Practice (University of Melbourne)

Associate Professor Matthew Spittal, (Investigator) Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (University of Melbourne)

Ms Anna Wood, (National Trial Coordinator) Department of General Practice (University of Melbourne)

Dr Patty Chondros, (Biostatistician) Department of General Practice (University of Melbourne)

Collaborators

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network

Brisbane North Primary Health Network

North Coast Primary Health Network

Funding

This research is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health as part of  the Primary Health Network Mental Health Reform Lead Site Project

Research Group

Mental Health



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

General Practice Research

Unit / Centre

Mental Health