InnoWell Research Trials

InnoWell Research Trials

The R&D Group is currently working in partnership with the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Centre, North Coast Primary Health Network headspace Services, and the Butterfly Foundation – ED HOPE, to trial the InnoWell Platform.

As well as testing functionality, the R&D Group will be examining the impact of the InnoWell platform in specific study areas including, culture (Indigenous and CALD); disability; and, technology-enabled suicide prevention and education.

Current research trials

Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling

Summary: Trials 5 and 9 of Project Synergy is being conducted in partnership with Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling service, with the Open Arms Sydney and Lismore Centres serving as the research sites.

Open Arms is an Australia-wide service that provides counselling and support to current and ex-serving Australia Defence Force personnel, and their family members for mental health conditions (such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression) as well as relationship and family counselling.

The primary aim of this research is to co-design, develop, implement and evaluate the InnoWell Platform to achieve improved outcomes for current and ex-serving personnel and their families as well as the Open Arms health professionals and service staff.

Due to end: December 2020

Publications:
LaMonica HM, Davenport T, Cross S, Burns J, Hodson S, Veitch J, Hickie I. Using participatory design to engage the veteran community in technology-enabled mental health service reform for Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling. Journal of Medical Internet Research-Formative Research 2019; 3(3):e13662. doi.org/10.2196/13662

Conferences:
LaMonica HM, Davenport TA, Hickie IB. Co-designing technology-enabled solutions for mental health service reform for Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling. Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Mental Health Research, November 2019: Melbourne, Australia.


North Coast NSW – headspace centres

Summary: Trial 6 of Project Synergy is being conducted with five headspace centres located on the North Coast of NSW. The North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) commissions three lead agencies to deliver services from five headspace centres in its footprint: Coffs Harbour and Grafton (GenHealth), Lismore and Tweed Heads (Social Futures), and Port Macquarie (EACH).

These centres are entry points for youth to access mental health services based on their identified clinical symptoms and risk factors. The primary aim of this research is to enhance the quality and timeliness of mental health services for youth on the North Coast of NSW through technology-enabled solutions implemented within these headspace centres.

Due to end: December 2020

Publications:
Rowe SC, Davenport TA, Easton MA, Jackson T, Melsness J, Ottavio A, Sinclair J, Hickie IB. Co-designing the InnoWell Platform to deliver the right mental health care, first time to regional youth. Australian Journal of Rural Health (in press – March 2020).

Conferences:
Rowe S, Sinclair J. Co-designing the InnoWell Platform to deliver the right mental health care, first time to regional youth. Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium, 2019: Adelaide, South Australia. Rowe SC, Jackson T, Davenport T, Easton M, Melsness J, Ottavio A, Hickie I. Implementing technology-enabled solutions in regional youth mental health services: barriers, challenges, levers and opportunities. Society of Mental Health Research, 2019: Melbourne, Victoria.


Older People’s Trial

Summary: Trial 10 of Project Synergy is being conducted in partnership with the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. In order to identify the content and configuration requirements of the InnoWell Platform for older adults, appropriate groups/ clinics at the Brain and Mind Centre, such as the Healthy Brain Ageing (HBA) Research Group, will be engaged for the purposes of co-designing a prototype of the Platform.

The primary aim of this research is to co-design and configure the InnoWell Platform through co-design workshops and user testing with participants recruited through appropriate groups/ clinics at the Brain and Mind Centre (including partner organisations) to ensure the accessibility, engagement and appropriateness of the technology to best meet the needs of an older age group (50 years and older) and their supportive others (eg. family member, care-giver), as well as health professionals, service managers and administrators working with this population.

Due to end: December 2020