Open for business: new national centre of excellence targets better mental health for young people

Open for business: new national centre of excellence targets better mental health for young people

Raising the number of young people who get tailored, evidence-based care for mood disorders

 

Media embargo Wednesday 6 August 2014

Raising the number of young people who receive tailored, evidence-based care for emerging mood disorders is the aim of a new national centre of research excellence launching in Sydney today.

Named Optymise, the NHMRC-funded service puts young people and their families at the centre of mental health care, says the one of the centre’s architects, the University of Sydney’s Professor Ian Hickie.

“Until now, we haven’t really focused on young people’s needs, we haven’t optimised the personalisation of care, and we haven’t really focused on sticking with young people through their journey so that they achieve the best possible health and social outcomes,” says Professor Hickie, the director of the university’s Brain Mind Research Institute.

“This is a major national initiative to achieve those aims. A young person with an emerging mood disorder should receive a summary of what is really wrong and a clear path for tracking their progress over the time that they experience these problems.

“Another fundamental aim is to provide a system that puts young people and their families at the centre of their care, rather than the current model, which is based around doctors and institutions.”

“The process and impacts of clinical care will be transformed within five years,” says Professor Hickie. “It will look very different to today – better tools, better reports, and better ways to monitor and deliver care to achieve the best results possible for young people.”

To achieve its ambitious aims, Optymise has gathered Australia’s best mental health researchers and clinical service providers: the Brain and Mind Research Institute, the Black Dog Institute, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, and institutes in Queensland and South Australia.

 

Unique attributes

Personalised online assessments – young people will fill an online assessment that is personalised to their experience to generate a comprehensive snapshot of their particular mental and social health issues.

Expert clinical interviews – young people will be interviewed by experienced psychologists and psychiatrists who have already read and appraised information from the online assessment.

Further assessments to personalise diagnosis and careOptymise offers a suite of advanced assessment tools to get a highly accurate understanding of a young person’s mental, neurological, behavioural and social functioning. These tools include the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners and actigraphy monitors to log patterns of activity and sleep.

 

Optymise has targeted three areas of activity to achieve better mental and social health outcomes:

Generating new knowledge that leads to better health

All treatments provided by Optymise will be informed by best available research evidence. Further, all treatments and their clinical results will be monitored and evaluated so that clinicians, researchers and patients benefit from an expanding repository of research-based evidence.

Transferring research into health policy and practice

The Optymise team has an outstanding track record of translating research into health policy and practice. Optymise will actively translate new research findings into future clinical practice to ensure that best available treatments are accessible and acceptable to young people.

Optimise the mental health workforce

Optymise will foster the rapid adoption of new, successful research based treatments across the mental health workforce.

 

Launch details 

What: The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Optimising Early Interventions for Young People with Emerging Mood Disorders (Optymise)

When: 10.45am, Wednesday 6 August 2014

Where: Charles Perkins Centre, Johns Hopkins Drive, University of Sydney

 

Media inquiries: Dan Gaffney, University of Sydney, M 048 100 4782 E daniel.gaffney@sydney.edu.au

 

Official Launch of the NHMRC CRE – Optymise

We are excited to announce the launch of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Optimising Early Interventions for Young with Emerging Mood Disorders (Optymise) to be held on Wednesday the 5th of August at 9am at the Charles Perkins Centre. The launch will take place within the context of the Brain and Mind Sciences Mental Health Forum in “Maximising Social and Economic Participation of Those with Mental Ill Health”. The forum focuses on sustainable mental health services and collaborative frameworks to maximize social and economic participation of those with mental ill health. The comprehensive program will showcase innovative clinical research programs that aim to enhance mental health service delivery. It will also focus on building effective partnerships to bolster mental health policy and service delivery in NSW.

The first part of the forum is focused on youth services and the CRE launch. The second part deals with e-health services, which represent one of the new big opportunities in mental health. The third part deals with the state and national service reform agendas – and the extent to which these developments will result in major changes to meet the needs of those directly affected by mental ill-health.

The aim of the forum is to:
Support the development of the mental health reform plans of the Mental Health Commission of NSW;
Inform the national review of services being conducted by the National Mental Health Commission;
Inform development of State and National mental health policy;
Inform development of State and National policies that support social and economic participation across the lifespan;

WEDNESDAY 6TH AUGUST 2014′
9.00-5.00pm
The Hub, Charles Perkins Centre, Building D17
Enter via Ross Street (Off-Parramatta Rd)
The University of Sydney
Camperdown NSW 2006

Optymise Travel Scholarship Recipients 2014

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Optymise National and International Training Opportunity and Exchange Scholarships.  

 

International Exchange

Bridianne Odea – Brain and Mind Research Institute, The University of Sydney

Yael Perry – Black Dog Institue, University of New South Wales

Frank Iorfino – Brain and Mind Research Institute, The University of Sydney

Coralie Bastin – The University of Melbourne

Ashlee Hannon – Brain and Mind Research Institute, The University of Sydney

 

National Exchange

Daniel Biddle – Brain and Mind Research Institute, The University of Sydney

Manreena Kaur – Brain and Mind Research Institute, The University of Sydney

These scholarships were established to support Optymise-affiliated PhD and postdoctoral researchers in national and international research activities, with a goal of encouraging collaboration between associated institutes and supporting the up-skilling of early career researchers. The Optymise training subcommittee received a number of strong applications.

Congratulations on the award of this scholarship.  Thank you to all applicants for taking the time to submit an application. We look forward to receiving such strong applications in the future.