Ripple

  • Director, Psychosocial Research Centre Professor Carol Harvey

    c.harvey@unimelb.edu.au

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  • Project Details

    Ripple: researching evidence based interventions to improve the mental health of vulnerable young people living in out of home care by strengthening the therapeutic capacities of their carers.

    This NHMRC Partnership grant led by Professor Helen Herrman (Orygen Research Centre) is researching evidence-based interventions to improve mental health for young people (aged 12-17) in out-of-home care. Out-of-home care (OoHC) refers to the care of children and young people removed from their families by the state because of abuse, neglect or other adversities. Young people in OoHC are highly vulnerable to mental ill-health and associated problems with relationships, education and meaningful activity.  Typically, they also have poor access to mental health services. The 5-year project aims to deliver evidence-based mental health support and care across the health and community service system relevant to these young people in Victoria, principally through strengthening the therapeutic capacities of their carers.

    The study is conducted in partnership with mental health, substance abuse and social services in metropolitan Melbourne, with young people as active participants. It has three parts: 1. Needs assessment followed by implementation of a complex mental health intervention; 2. A 3-year controlled trial to determine the mental health, social and economic outcomes of the intervention; and 3. A nested process evaluation of the intervention. The primary study hypothesis is that young people in OoHC in the intervention group will have better mental health, greater resilience  and better social function than those receiving care as usual in the comparison group.

    The partnership has attracted Rotary and UoM Social Equity Institute funding, 2 PhDs and other student research studies (MD, Masters in Public Health).

    Collaborators

    Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne
    School of Social Work, University of Melbourne
    Anglicare
    MacKillop Family Services
    Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
    Westcare (Salvation Army)
    Foundation House (the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and Trauma)
    Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY)
    Take Two (state-provided psychological services for children and young people in OoHC)
    Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH)

    Funding

    Herrman H, Humphreys C, McGorry P, Kaplan I, Mitchell P, Harvey C, Mihalopoulos C, Cotton S, Davis E. & Vance, A. Improving mental health for young people in out-of-home care: providing participatory evidence-based mental health care across services. 5 years. NHMRC Mental Health Targeted Call for Research.

    Herrman H, Mitchell P, Moeller-Saxone K, Cotton S, Harvey C & Humphreys C. The Bounce Project: The effectiveness of peer support training to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of young people leaving Out of Home Care. 2 years. Australian Rotary Health Research.

    Herrman H, Cahill H, Moeller-Saxone K, Mitchell P, Humphreys C, Cotton S & Harvey C. The Bounce Project: Peer-support training for young people leaving Out of Home Care, to improve social inclusion, mental health and wellbeing. 1 year. Melbourne Social Equity Institute Interdisciplinary seed funding.

    Research Outcomes

    Monson K, Moeller-Saxone K, Humphreys C, Harvey C, Malcolm S & Herrman H. It’s not about white walls, it’s about real life: understanding the mental health needs of young people with experience of Out of Home Care. In revised submission to Journal of Mental Health.

    Research Group

    Psychosocial Research Group



    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

    Psychiatry

    Unit / Centre

    Psychosocial Research Group


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