12 June 2019

Children’s Health Queensland has been named a translational partner in a national $5 million Federal Government-funded project focused on improving access to quality mental health care for young people.

The five-year project, led by the University of Southern Queensland, will develop an online platform giving young people experiencing common mental health problems direct access to tailored health information and support.

Research shows only half of the 560,000 young Australians experiencing mental health problems each year seek help and only 3.3 per cent access specialist child and adolescent care.

The platform will give young people experiencing mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, sleep problems and substance abuse, easy online access to detection, assessment and tailored interventions.

Children’s Health Queensland clinical psychologist Associate Professor Vanessa Cobham is a chief investigator on the project, while Professor of Child and Youth Psychiatry, Christel Middeldorp, will contribute as an associate investigator.

The project will be delivered in partnership with local, state and national organisations and support agencies, including Kids Helpline, West Moreton Hospital and Health Service, Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network, Education Queensland and Aftercare.

The project team includes researchers from Children’s Health Queensland, Griffith University, The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Federation University and Australian National University.

Vanessa is also an Associate Professor at UQ’s School of Psychology and Christel is a Professor of Child and Youth Psychiatry at UQ’s Child Health Research Centre.

The University of Southern Queensland secured the $5 million grant through the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission funded from the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund.