Current research projects


Recover-D study logo

RECOVER-D is testing an 8-week holistic program for recovery from symptoms of low mood or depression which combines the use of an antidepressant and a psychosocial skills training program. The study is looking to improve thinking, emotional and social skills for real world outcomes of recovery from depression.

This study is currently looking for participants. Please contact the study team by emailing or calling 03 8344 1879 for more information.


MATCH project logo

AUPOA researchers are involved in the MATCH project (Music Attuned Technology Care eHealth: A music based mobile eHealth), which aims to develop and deliver a NEW consumer-centred music program for use with people living with dementia in the community, in residential aged care, and during the often-stressful transition period from home to residential aged care. Find out more and register your interest in the project at the MATCH website.


The AUPOA is running a number of studies within the wider LEAD! (Leveraging Evidence into Action on Dementia) project, which aims to develop a risk assessment questionnaire to assess a person’s risk for multiple conditions (including dementia, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease). Studies have included interviewing GPs and surveying potential consumers about their preferences around risk assessment questionnaires.  Updates on any upcoming studies will be posted here and on our news page.


EXCEL study logo

Physical activity (PA) is recommended for middle and older aged people, as it supports the health of the body and the brain. The EXCEL study is piloting a personalised 12-week home-based physical activity intervention and investigating whether it can help middle aged and older people who experience memory and concerns and trouble with low mood, anxiety or stress to meet physical activity guidelines.

In Part 1 of the study, we explored the ideas and opinions of middle to older aged adults on physical activity for brain health. The information gathered from this part of the study has informed development of the physical activity program (Part 2). In Part 3, we are gathering feedback about the physical activity program from people who took part in Part 2 and clinicians.

This study is now complete. Please visit the EXCEL study website for more information.