Our projects

Pathways to mental health assessment for people with diabetes: an online tool

Research has shown that emotional well-being can impact on the self-management of diabetes, along with other long-term outcomes such as the disease severity and complications. Routine screening of emotional well-being amongst individuals with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) may improve patient care by optimising access to support services for those who need it.

Faces in the Street in conjunction with the Diabetes Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital (based at the Garvan Institute) are pilot trialling an Internet-based mental health assessment with feedback report for patients with diabetes. The purpose of this study is to test whether the newly developed Internet-based emotional well-being assessment and report are user-friendly and helpful for patients and staff at the Diabetes Centre.

RCT of online CBT module for depression in Diabetes

This study explores the outcomes of internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for depression in participants with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) comorbid with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. Depressed individuals who receive iCBT for depression will be compared to their counterparts who continue with treatment as usual, using a randomised controlled trial design. The primary outcomes will be to determine the impact of online CBT for MDD on depression symptoms and remission rates, as well as diabetes distress and glycaemic control (HbA1c levels). Secondary objectives are to examine: reductions in general distress and disability; improvements in lifestyle factors and the feasibility of these treatments in terms of acceptability to patients with diabetes and depression, and practicality for clinicians.

Four Months of May

Emergency Departments in NSW are under increasing pressure to provide quality care in a timely fashion. In Australia presentations to emergency departments (ED) has increased by 7% between 2012-13 and 2013-141.  St Vincent’s Hospital services an inner city community with high levels of people with mental health problems, substance abuse and homelessness.  The aim of this study is to investigate the characteristics and outcomes of people with mental health problems who present to St Vincent’s Hospital Emergency Department and compare the changing patterns of ED use by this population from f 2005.

Feasibility Study: Green Card Clinic Community Outreach Program

St Vincent’s Hospital has the highest number of mental health presentations of any hospital in NSW. The Green Card Clinic (GCC) was established in order to provide an intervention for people presenting with suicide ideation or deliberate self-harm (DSH). Since the GCC started, it has identified that a large proportion of patients often do not receive the resources in the community that they need and are often lost to further follow up. This study aims to assess the feasibility of the creation of a Mental Health Care Navigator (MHCN) who will refer patients to community services according to their needs and follow them up to ensure continuity of care.

Evaluation of Psychosis Websites

This project aims to evaluate the information lay people are presented with when using the internet to search for support, advice and treatments on the topic of psychosis. Looking at the common search engines used in Australia to search for information, websites are then assessed for quality using the DISCERN tool and a newly developed Psychosis Website Quality Checklist (PWQC). This will inform consumers, carers and health professionals on accessing quality websites when seeking information relating to psychosis.