Mental Health

Research Project Title Investigators Brief Project Description ISLHD Sites/Departments [External organisations]
Antipsychotic choice: Understanding shared decision making Nagesh Pai This study will examine ‘risk benefit’ preferences of both patients and prescribers in regards to antipsychotic choice through a discrete choice paradigm with data collected via questionnaire. Mental Health Services; [University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Health Australia, Monash Health]
Health care use among patients with mental disorders in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Nagesh Pai The aim of this descriptive retrospective study is to identify sociodemographic, service and clinical factors associated with increased health care use among patients with mental disorders. Mental Health Services, Research Central; [CHRISP]
A tertiary intellectual disability mental health service in New South Wales Jullian Trollor A scoping project of the need for a tertiary intellectual disability mental health service in New South Wales. Mental Health Services; [University of New South Wales]
Intern Guide James Edwards Pilot Evaluation of the guide used for interns. Mental Health Services, Psychiatry, Shellharbour Hospital; [HETI]
Addressing problematic drinking of people living with severe mental illness Peter Kelly Feasibility of a peer delivered telephone intervention for people engaged with non-government (Neami) or government funded health services. Mental Health Services, Drug and Alcohol Service; [University of Wollongong]
LifeSpan Helen Christensen Integrated suicide prevention. Workforce, Wollongong Hospital, Shellharbour Hospital, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Bulli Hospital, Milton Ulladulla Hospital; [Black Dog Institute]
Terminology in use of distress tolerance skills Felicity Wiseman A quality activity to evaluate if changing the name ‘leave’ to ‘skills practice’ will increase the use of distress tolerance skills when a young person is on leave. Mental Health Services, Adolescent Unit, Shellharbour Hospital
Open Dialogue Anna Sidis, Christopher Marsland, Felicity Wiseman, Rajiv Singh Introducing Open Dialogue to the Adolescent inpatient and community teams in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District: Acceptability and feasibility for staff, consumers, and their families. Mental Health Services
An integrated study of clinical practice and basic science to improve the treatment of schizophrenia Ilijana Babic, Nagesh Pai, Katrina Green, Xu-Feng Huang Addressing cognitive impairment in schizophrenia and the metabolic side-effects of antipsychotic drugs. Mental Health Services
Could gut bacteria influence learning and memory? Nagesh Pai, Katrina Green, Jason Cusack, Xu-Feng Huang This study aims to:
1. Examine the link between the gut microbiome and cognition in schizophrenia, and;
2. Determine the feasibility of implementing cognitive testing in people with schizophrenia, as well as sample analysis of the gut microbiome.
Mental Health Services; [IHMRI]
Stepped Care treatment program for Borderline Personality Disorder Jason Pratt, Judy Pickard, Jason Pratt, Brin Grenyer, Michelle Townsend, Elizabeth Huxley, Sue Thomas, Ely Marceau, Kate Lewis Assessing the efficacy of a stepped care treatment program for Borderline Personality Disorder. Illawarra Community Mental Health Services
Please Like Me Steven Maron Exploring the impact of social media use on self-harming behaviour in adolescents who presented to Wollongong Hospital Emergency Department. Mental Health Services, Emergency Department, Wollongong Hospital
Barriers to sleep quality and quantity in hospital inpatients Matthew Macfarlane, Shammi Rajapakse, Sarah Loughran A cross-sectional study into sleep aimed to objectively measure the amount of sleep gained by hospital inpatients on a general medical ward with the aid of actigraphy, and to measure sleep quality and barriers to sleep in order to find potential targets for intervention. Mental Health Services, Medical Assessment Unit, Wollongong Hospital
Comorbidity of serious mental illness and type 2 diabetes: do neighbourhoods matter? Ramya Walsan, Andrew Bonney, Nagesh Pai, Xiaoqi Feng, Darren Mayne 1. SMI and type
2 diabetes.
3. Evaluate the extent to which neighbourhood contextual factors such as fresh food availability, crime, access to health services, green spaces and neighbourhood obesity mediate the relationship between neighbourhood deprivation and comorbid diagnosis.
Mental Health Services; [Southern IML]
Health Care Use among Patients with Mental Disorders in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Nagesh Pai, Victoria Westley-Wise, Jose Cuenca, Loiuse Lago The aim of this descriptive retrospective study is to identify sociodemographic, service and clinical factors associated with increased health care use among patients with mental disorders. Mental Health Services, Research Central; [CHRISP]