Digital mental health and the power of personal stories: On the Ground with Diane Cass
Digital Mental Health Musings
by eMHPrac
2w ago
“We all like to learn that we're not the only person dealing with this. When [a client] actually hears stories of other people and how they've overcome certain situations, I think it's incredibly powerful.” In this episode, Diane Cass, a social worker and doctoral candidate with Charles Stuart University, discusses the different ways she uses digital mental health tools and services to help her clients connect with other people’s stories and journeys through mental health challenges. She explains how she is able to help clients feel less alone and more supported with digital services and what ..read more
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FInding it hard to use digital mental health in practice? Implementation Science can help you understand why - and provide steps to make it easier
Digital Mental Health Musings
by eMHPrac
1M ago
“It doesn’t have to be a really big intervention. Often it’s these smaller changes that make a big difference.” In this episode, Dr Marlena Klaic, senior research fellow in implementation science at the University of Melbourne, decodes some of the common attitudes and behaviours health professionals express about digital mental health, from an implementation science lens. This conversation will give you lots of great insights into some of the barriers that you might experience yourself when it comes to using digital mental health – and the steps to overcome them.  Check out some of the r ..read more
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4 tips to help you be more creative and flexible about tailoring digital mental health to suit your clients: On the Ground with Psychologist Dr Lyn O'Grady
Digital Mental Health Musings
by eMHPrac
2M ago
“So, I think that was something that added, added some weight to what I was talking about. And also in the session you’re trying to cover so many things, quite often in that 50 minute session, that to give that sort of idea to go away and look at that, to consolidate some of that, or to get a bit more information, or look at it in a different way, because you don’t quite know what people do take away from the conversation that you’re having.” In our first episode of the new season, respected child and adolescent psychologist Dr Lyn O’Grady talks about her experiences using digital mental healt ..read more
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Season Finale: A look back on 2023
Digital Mental Health Musings
by eMHPrac
7M ago
In the season final of Digital Mental Health Musings, we take a look at the key moments from our conversations with the experts shaping the mental health landscape in 2023. From AI and chatbots to Australia’s ground-breaking digital mental health safety and quality standards, plus culturally responsive mental healthcare, data protection and privacy, a moderated online social community changing youth mental healthcare, the clinician attitudes and behaviours that support better client experiences with digital mental health, and more, we’ve covered a lot of ground.  Featuring key moments, a ..read more
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Here's how Head to Health is making it easier for Health Professionals to connect with digital mental health
Digital Mental Health Musings
by eMHPrac
8M ago
“I think that the website works really hard to transmit that information in a way, that encourages people with milder symptoms to give some of these digital resources a go. We know they work but not everybody's using them. They're not being used to the fullest capacity that they could be. So, I think the other side of the coin is encouraging people who have got distress but aren't in this severe group to give digital mental healthcare a go and see if it helps - because often it will.” When Australia's national mental health navigation service, Head to Health, set themselves the challenge of m ..read more
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Algorithms, Chatbots and Big Tech: Navigating the legal and ethical dilemmas around AI and Digital Mental Health
Digital Mental Health Musings
by eMHPrac
9M ago
The rapid rise of AI has prompted some crucial questions about its use in the mental health setting: what are the privacy implications of sharing sensitive information to chatbots? How is that data being tracked across these platforms, how is it being stored and protected – and are chatbots bound by the same professional standards as a human therapist?   In this episode of Digital Mental Health Musings, we chat to renowned socio-legal researcher Dr Piers Gooding about the legal and ethical challenges surrounding the use of chatbots and AI in mental health – what we should be cautious abou ..read more
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Dr Lou Farrer on the clinician attitudes and behaviours that shape digital mental health use in Australia
Digital Mental Health Musings
by eMHPrac
10M ago
“What I wanted to understand is what is the on-the-ground evidence, what is the everyday experience of clinicians who are using digital tools in their practice? And on the other side, what’s getting in the way of clinicians being able to effectively use these sorts of tools in their practice?” In this episode of Digital Mental Health Musings we talk to Dr Farrer about what she has learned about how clinicians responded to the implementation of telehealth through the qualitative survey responses of more than 500 mental health practitioners. We talk about what those findings can reveal about th ..read more
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The new wave of youth digital mental health: how MOST is challenging the mental healthcare model for young people
Digital Mental Health Musings
by eMHPrac
11M ago
“It’s a big problem, even in face-to-face care, that people drop out after a few sessions and don’t engage in treatment for long enough to get the benefits of therapy, says head of research at Orygen Digital, Associate Professor Shane Cross. In this episode of Digital Mental Health Musings, we talk to Professor Cross and Savanah Whieldon, Orygen Digital’s Queensland Peer Work Coordinator, about the inspiring work that led to MOST (Moderated Online Social Therapy). It’s a platform that has been co-designed with young people and brings together a multi-disciplinary team of youth mental health e ..read more
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Spotlight on WellMob: Connecting digital mental health to culturally responsive healthcare
Digital Mental Health Musings
by eMHPrac
1y ago
How can mental healthcare professionals adjust their practices to better serve Indigenous clients in culturally safe, responsive and respectful ways?   In this episode of Digital Mental Health Musings, Dr Tania McMahon talks to social worker Bec Pevitt and Project Officer Angela Sheridan from WellMob – an online platform that shares Indigenous knowledge and wisdom to health professionals to strengthen the social, emotional, spiritual and cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by bringing together a rich collection of culturally responsive digital mental healt ..read more
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A new interdisciplinary online community supporting mental healthcare professionals: Spotlight on Black Dog Institute's Health Professionals Education and Resources Hub
Digital Mental Health Musings
by eMHPrac
1y ago
The challenges associated with managing complex mental health conditions, client and peer relationships, as well as keeping on top of new developments and research in the field can be overwhelming – and, at times, lonely.  In this episode, we speak to GP and medical educator at Black Dog Institute, Dr Phoebe Holdenson-Kimura, about a new resource for health professionals that highlights the value of building an interdisciplinary community of peers and colleagues for tackling problems and gaining insights from across different disciplines within the mental health space. We chat about how ..read more
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