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Researchers from the Australian National University are seeking participants for a study on the role of writing in recovery from traumatic experiences.
The purpose of the study is to investigate the role of writing in the recovery from post-traumatic stress. Previous work has shown that three or more sessions of structured writing can reduce post-traumatic stress and produce positive health benefits. We are hoping to understand the processes that influence such outcomes following writing tasks, in order to improve existing psychological treatments for people with post-traumatic stress (PTS) symptoms or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Participants: Eligible participants are Australian residents, over 18 years in age, who have experienced one or more traumatic events in their past that continues to cause some distress. Participants can reside anywhere in Australia, as long as they have access to the internet and a computer (or iPad). We will be taking enrolments for the study until September 2021.
What is a traumatic event? A traumatic event is an event where there was any threat (actual or perceived) to the life or safety of an individual.
What does the study involve? The study involves three 40 – 60 minute telehealth sessions with the primary researcher (a provisional psychologist). Each session involves 20 minutes of writing. The sessions are spaced approximately one week a part. Participants are asked to complete questionnaires before each writing session, and at two follow-up time points.
What are the benefits? Participants will receive access to an intervention that is known to have health benefits, and support from a researcher who is a trained health professional. Participants will also be paid $30 for participating.
For more information visit https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0v20mEM7tDK0iRn
or email Rachelle Rachelle.firstname.lastname@example.org
This study has full ethical approval from the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2020/334). The study is registered on the Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (Trial ID: ACTRN12620001065987).
You are invited to take part in a research study about screening practices and direct-to-consumer wearable technologies (DTCWs) used for atrial fibrillation (AF) detection.
Does your work involve detection, diagnosis or management of atrial fibrillation (AF)?
Researchers from the University of Wollongong want to talk to you about AF screening practices, and direct-to consumer technologies (e.g. Apple Watch ECG) used for AF detection. We are especially interested in implications for under- or over-diagnosis of AF.
This study is not funded by Apple or any other commercial interest.
This is a relatively small study, and we are looking for around 20 participants.
Participation involves a 45 minute interview by phone or in person.
You will be offered a $150 shopping voucher for your time.
If you are interested, or have any further questions, please read this Participation Information Statement and/or contact:
Dr Patti Shih
School of Health & Society
University of Wollongong
Phone: 02 42214546
ENACT: Environmental enrichment for infants; parenting with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Research Team (The University of Queensland): Dr Andrea McGlade, Kavindri Kulasinghe Dr Koa Whittingham, Professor Roslyn Boyd, Dr Amy Mitchell, Associate Professor Honey Heussler, Dr Kristelle Hudry, Dr Jacqui Barfoot
Our research team at the University of Queensland is trialing a promising new parent-mediated very early intervention program called ENACT for families of infants at risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (i.e. infants with a parent or older sibling with ASD).
ENACT commences antenatally and incorporates approaches targeting social reciprocity through everyday parent-infant interactions, as well as strategies to support parental mental health and wellbeing and coping with parenting challenges such as infant sleep. The aim is to improve parent-infant social communication and reduce emerging autism symptoms at 12 months of age as well as reduce parenting stress.
Women who are aged 18 years and over and are currently pregnant with a child who has a first-degree relative with ASD will be eligible to participate in this randomised controlled trial.
Participants allocated to ENACT will be offered the program, which starts prenatally and continues with clinician support until the infant is 10 months of age. Those allocated to care as usual will receive normal postnatal care.
All participants will be asked to complete assessments (questionnaires and/or developmental assessments) when signing up and when their child is 3, 6 and 12 months of age. All infants, regardless of group allocation, will receive detailed developmental assessments at 6 and 12 months of age conducted by our developmental paediatrician and a report will be provided to their nominated medical practitioner for follow-up free of charge.
Families will be randomly allocated to take part in ENACT or to receive care as usual.
The ENACT program (including clinician support) and the majority of assessments are conducted online for participant convenience.
However, families will need to visit the Child Health Research Centre in Brisbane twice, when their baby is 6 and 12 months of age, for an in-person assessment.
This project has received ethics approval from Children’s Hospital Queensland (HREC/19/QCHQ/50131) and The University of Queensland (2019000558).
You can visit the study website at: qcprrc.centre.uq.edu.au/project/enact
To find out more, please contact: email@example.com or (07) 3069 7547
First uploaded 22 October 2019
We are seeking written agreement from clinicians in Queensland (and New South Wales) who are willing to become referral sources for participants into a study of an education program for adults newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Aim of the study: to establish evidence for effectiveness of online versus face-to-face delivery of a curriculum-based diabetes lifestyle and self-management program.
Effectiveness of the program will be determined by comparing change in HbA1c, between baseline and follow-up at three months.
The program is being offered in complement to current practices and Primary Care Plans offered to patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
What the education program includes:
- Seven weekly sessions, each session 60 minutes duration
- Type 2 diabetes lifestyle and self-management education developed using a theory-based curriculum developed by the American Association of Diabetes Educators
- The program is FREE to all participants.
Who can attend the program?
To be eligible for participation patients must be:
- Over 18 years of age
- Newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (i.e. diagnosis in past 12 months)
- Not pregnant
- Have English as their primary language
What do participants need to do?
- Choose to attend either the online program OR the face-to-face program
- Face-to-face sessions will be held in the Gold Coast (other areas subject to demand may be considered)
- Group online sessions will be delivered via Zoom teleconferencing
Both the face-to-face and online sessions will be fully moderated and supported by a credentialed diabetes educator or accredited practicing dietitian employed by Family Nutrition Services Australia (FNSA) for the study.
- All participants will be provided with full study information and verbal explanation and asked to provide their written consent to participate.
- Attend a follow-up appointment with their GP/referrer 1-2 weeks after completion of their final session to have repeat HbA1c. (Any costs associated with this consultation will be paid for by the research team).
- Upon completion of the program, each participant will receive a $50 shopping voucher.
This study is a collaborative research project between Family Nutrition Services Australia and a research team from Central Queensland University (Dr. Susan Williams, Professor Jenni Judd, Dr. Robert Stanton, Associate Professor Kate Ames, Dr. Carina Anderson, Mr. Mark Prance, and Dr. Biplob Ray).
The study is funded by a CQUniversity interdisciplinary research grant.
The project has received ethics committee approval from CQUniversity Human Research Ethics Committee (#21558).
For more details, and to get involved, contact CQU Research Officer Deb Power: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research study into Major Depressive Disorder: Invitation to participate
A research project on diagnostic decision making is being conducted at the Australian National University.
The study will investigate how the different signs and symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are weighted by clinicians in the assessment process. Current systems for diagnosing mental disorders (e.g., DSM-5) assume that diagnostic criteria are equally important and interchangeable. However, the study will contend that clinicians use clinical intuition and judgement to weight some indicators as more important than others. It is likely that clinical intuition can improve diagnosis. Moreover, the study is interested in ascertaining how clinicians integrate clinical context and diagnostic criteria when making diagnostic decisions.
The study requires medical professionals to provide basic professional background information and to complete several short choice tasks, where you will be asked to make clinical decisions based on hypothetical case information. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
If you would like to participate, click this link: https://assessingdepression.sawtoothsoftware.com/login.html
The data from this survey will demonstrate how, in the real-world, specific symptoms contribute to the assessment and/or diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This promises to improve methods for the efficient detection and accurate assessment of MDD so that more clients can receive effective treatment earlier.
Benefits to Participating
First, we promise to send a summary of the results in order to improve your clinical practice. Second, you will be contributing important data that will guide mental health fields towards better methods for detecting, assessing and diagnosing MDD. Third, you can enter a draw to win one of three $100 Westfield gift cards.
This study has received full approval from the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol No. 2019/367).
Updated: 18 / 07 / 2019
The 2019 Suicide Prevention Research Fund Grants Program is underway.
Innovation Research Grants Expressions of Interest period opened on 15 May and close on 15 June. Applications for the PhD Scholarships and Post-Doctoral Fellowships open 1 July 2019.
Register your interest below and visit the website for further details.
- PhD Scholarships
Applications open 1 July and close 15 August 2019
Register your interest
- Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Applications open 1 July and close 31 August 2019
Register your interest
You are invited to participate if you are a general practitioner or practice nurse who has or could potentially conduct Medicare-funded older person health assessments.
The online survey should take 5 minutes to complete and participation is voluntary.
More information on the study can be found here.
Last updated – 15/07/2019
Are you a GP in regional or rural Queensland? Griffith University are conducting research on palliative care in regional/rural areas.
We are seeking GPs of all backgrounds to participate in a brief telephone interview. All participants will receive a $50 Coles/Myer voucher.
This study has been granted ethics approval (GU Ref No: 2019/348).
Please email Heleen Bontje: email@example.com
Last updated – 31/06/2019
The aim of this research is to explore a range of health practitioners’ attitudes towards the helpfulness of interventions for depression.
Participation is sought from General Practitioners, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, social workers, and psychologists.
Data collected will be presented in Georgia Nicoll’s Masters dissertation, towards the Master of Clinical Psychology (Charles Sturt University).
Analysis will explore whether differences in attitudes regarding the helpfulness of interventions will exist amongst different health professions, and whether length of practice of the profession impacts attitudes.
Participation is through an anonymous online survey, and is anticipated to take approximately 15 minutes.
If you would like any further information about the study, or a copy of the Research Project Information Sheet, contact Georgia Nicoll on 0408 193 732, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias are associated with higher morbidities and mortality. Should you screen asymptomatic patients? What is the role of mobile ECG devices? What is your need for ECG interpretation training? University of Sydney is conducting a 5-minute survey. Three $50-giftcards will be given away.
Please click the following weblink to find out more about the GPSAFER study: https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=RPH8AY9NNN
Last updated – 20/11/2018
A research team from Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and The University of Queensland are developing an electronic tool to predict childhood obesity.
Last updated – 20/11/2018
The Oral Ketamine Trial on Suicidality (OKTOS) study will include 25-50 participants in a pilot study, to be conducted over a 12-week period with sub anaesthetic doses of oral ketamine administered on six treatment days and is designed and undertaken to assess the effect of ketamine on adult participants experiencing chronic suicidality.
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Last updated – 10/09/2018
Clinical trials are safe, ethical medical research studies that aim to find a better way to manage particular diseases. In partnership with medical experts and industry, we are working with our communities to advance healthcare outcomes and improve access to cutting-edge medicine.
Last updated – 21/08/2018