MI Research Studies Participants Wanted

Information about research studies where participation has been invited from SFNSW  members and people accessing SFNSW services.

Research studies listed here have had relevant Ethics Committee approval which has been sighted by SFNSW.


Bipolar disorder and eating-disordered behaviour and cognitions: shared psychological processes

Volunteers Wanted

Do you have Bipolar Disorder? Are you over 18?

Researchers at the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital are investigating eating behaviours and beliefs about eating habits in people with Bipolar Disorder. Volunteers are wanted to complete an online questionnaire regarding their diagnosis, physical health, diet, and psychological factors of interest.  The study will take approximately 1 hour. Participants will not be reimbursed for their time.

You are eligible to participate in this study if you have a formal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, are aged over 18, able to read and write English, and not currently pregnant.

For more information or interest in similar studies, please contact Ms Claire McAulay at cmca7624@uni.sydney.edu.au or 02 9462 9908
Download Volunteers Wanted Flyer (PDF 337KB).     Download Participant Information Sheet (PDF 170.1KB)

Recruitment dates: 01 November 2016 – 31 December 2017

Belief, reasoning and sensory perception in schizophreniaBelief Reasoning and Sensory Perception

You are invited to participate in a study examining beliefs, reasoning and perceptions of people with schizophrenia. We are trying to find out whether people with schizophrenia experience differences in particular areas of cognition, such as reasoning about problems, making judgments and decisions, and their sensory perceptions. Members of the general public are also being asked to take part.

In total, the activities and interview will take around 4 hours, which we are able to schedule for different sessions if you prefer to have a break.
You will be reimbursed $15 per hour for your participation in this study.

The study is being conducted by a team led by A/Prof Robyn Langdon at Macquarie University.
If you are interested, or know somebody who may be please contact:
Nikolas Williams  Email: nikolas.williams@mq.edu.au  Phone: 02 9850 2986  Download flyer (PDF 190.6KB)

Family Involvement in Mental Health Services

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Family members like parents, siblings and partners can be critical supports for people living with mental illness. Mental health policy talks about involving them in treatment, but not much is known about how this happens and what sort of involvement is helpful.

We want to talk to you about…

We would like to talk to you if you:
•    Are 18 years of age or older;
•    Speak English fluently;
•    Use mental health services; and
•    Have a family member who supports you and your mental health.

If you are interested in being involved: Please contact Lauren Wonders on 0402 600 349 or Anne Honey at anne.honey@sydney.edu.au

To download the flyer click here (PDF 473.5KB)

SMILE: Social Media as Informal support for people with mental illness: an Exploratory study

University of Bolton social media survey

University of Bolton

The aim of this study is to explore the use of social media, in particular Facebook and Twitter, in the support of people with mental illness.

• You must be 18 years or older
• You must have a diagnosed mental illness or feel you suffer from mental illness
• You must have used at least one form of social media such as Facebook or Twitter in relation to your mental illness in the last year

Click here to complete the survey



Mental Health Carers’ Relationship Experiences and Coping Strategies 

University of Wollongong MH Carers relationship experiences

Are you a Carer for someone with mental health difficulties? Would you like to participate in a research study on Carer’s Relationships and Coping Styles?

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our study.

To participate in this study, please click here

To download the flyer, please click here

For more information about this study please contact: Elly Bailey (PhD candidate) on 02 4221 4279 or elb997@uowmail.edu.au

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Mobile Technologies and Health Survey

Researchers at The University of New South Wales are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about use and openness to use mobile technologies for health purposes.

To complete the survey please click here: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/jenny-hp2/mobile-tech-and-health-13marc/?ef

or download the information flyer (PDF 359.3KB)



Invitation for Australian mental health consumers to participate in research

University of Sydney OT MH consumer research study

The University of Sydney invites mental health consumers to participate in a Delphi study (survey series to reach consensus) to provide your thoughts on elements of a recovery-oriented curricula & consumer participation in Australian occupational therapy programs.

To complete the survey please click here: https://surveys.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=RdF3WcFeN9

or download the information flyer  (PDF 293.3KB)






Research Project: Voice Hearing, Sexual Assault and Service System Responses

About the project

Survey university of melbourne voice hearers

This research project involves investigating how Australian mental health and other social services are responding to voice hearers who have experienced sexual abuse or assault. The aim of the project is to get to the heart of what is and what isn’t working for voices hearers when they use Victorian services.

The first stage of this project involves interviewing voice hearers who have survived sexual abuse or assault about their experiences accessing mental health and other social services. The first stage is currently in progress and I am recruiting participants.

The second stage of the project involves surveying mental health professionals and their practices, attitudes and beliefs when they are working with voice hearers who have experienced sexual assault or abuse. To participate in this survey go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/897K6VP.

To complete the survey please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/897K6VP

Visit the website for more information: https://ksellickresearch.wordpress.com/  or download the information flyer (PDF 1.3MB)


Uni Syd-Smoking and Antidepressant MedicationsUniversity of Sydney
Smoking and Antidepressant Medicines research study.

10min survey to learn about the patterns of smoking in people taking different antidepressant medicines.

Participant criteria

  • aged over 18 years
  • taking an antidepressant medicine for the management of depression
  • proficient in English

All participants will enter a draw to win one of four $50 grocery vouchers.

Download or view Research Study Poster (PDF 11.7KB)
Download or view Research Study Participant Information (PDF 459.9KB)

Deakin icare study to develop guidelines DepressionStudy to develop guidelines for family and close friends of people with major depressive disorder

Depression can affect a person’s confidence, daily functioning, work and relationships. Close family and friends of an adult with depression often have little information about depression and how to help. We aim to develop easily accessible guidelines that are relevant and useful to family members, partners and friends who are a primary source of support for adults with major depressive disorder.

What is involved?
People with major depressive disorder, carers (family members, partners, close friends) and clinicians (those who work in the area) with experience and expertise in dealing with depression are invited to be expert panel members. Panel members will be asked to rate statements on surveys (maximum 3) about what they consider might be helpful to include in the guidelines, and can add their comments and suggestions. They will not be required to attend any meetings as all contact will be via the Internet, or if preferred, via post. This project has ethics approval and participation is voluntary, confidential and private. It is being conducted by Dr Lesley Berk and the icarestudy team at Deakin University in Australia.

Panel members who complete all survey rounds (maximum 3) will be offered an Amazon Voucher for AUD $30. Panel members will receive a copy of the guidelines, and summaries of results and related journal publications. More detailed information about the project specific to each group of participants can be accessed by clicking here for the Plain Language and Consent Form (PICF) for friends and family, here to see the PICF for clinicians, and here to see the PICF for adults diagnosed with major depressive disorder.

Who to contact?
We would greatly appreciate your help with what we believe to be an extremely important and worthwhile project. If you are interested in assisting with the development of the guidelines, or if you have any questions, please contact Lesley Berk via Email: icarestudy@deakin.edu.au or phone 0402 518 843.  Download info (PDF 203KB)

NeuRACanakinumab Add-on Treatment for Schizophrenia (CATS) Study

Canakinumab adjunctive treatment to reduce symptoms and improve cognition in people with schizophrenia displaying elevated blood inflammatory markers

What is the purpose of the study?  You are invited to participate in a research study of a human immune cell-line antibody upon language, memory, and symptoms of schizophrenia. This human immune cell-line antibody, canakinumab, is a class of medication that decreases the levels of the protein interleukin-1beta (IL-1β). The IL-1β protein is produced in response to inflammation in your body and canakinumab can decrease IL-1β protein and inflammation by blocking the pathway.

What does the study involve?  The study involves a one-time injection of canakinumab or placebo and 6 monitoring assessment visits over a 4-month period. The assessments include 1) An in-person screening interview  2) Cognitive tests  3) Symptom assessments  4) Medical examinations and clinical interviews  5) Blood collection

Who can enrol?  Men or women age 18-55 years old with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. You must be taking antipsychotic medication for at least one year but you must not be taking clozapine and have no other psychiatric diagnoses, history of seizures, substance abuse (within past 3 years), head injury or loss of consciousness, central nervous system infections or other serious or chronic infections, and if a woman, you cannot be pregnant.

Will I be reimbursed?  Your participation in this study may have associated expenses. Reimbursement will be provided for your time and for out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel to the centre.


  • Katie Allen at 02 9399 1878, email: k.allen@neura.edu.au
  • Isabella Jacomb at 02 9399 1858, email: i.jacomb@neura.edu.au
  • Dr. Thomas W. Weickert at 02 9399 1730, fax: 02 9399 1034, email: t.weickert@neura.edu.au

CATS Study Brochure (PDF 296.9KB)    CATS Study Flyer (PDF 125.7KB)    Posted 9 Mar 2015

University of Sydney logoMOTHERING & MENTAL ILLNESS

Are you juggling motherhood and recovering from mental illness?  If you are, we would love to talk to you!

We want to hear your views about

  • What has been helpful and supportive to you as a mother during your mental health recovery.
  • The challenges you have faced and how you have overcome them.
  • Researchers will chat to you in a private space in yur mental health or parenting support service.
  • 45 min interview.  Coles or Woolworths voucher as a small thank you.

Contact:  Nicola Hancock - University of Sydney
Ph:  9351 9379    Email:  nicola.hancock@sydney.edu.au
More information:  Mothering & Mental Illness Participant Flyer  (PDF 1.5MB)   Posted March 2, 2015


From March 2015, we will be undertaking relatively new research about the family experience of acute adolescent psychiatric admissions.  This research is important and unfortunately an area that is underresearched. 

Participant Criteria:

  • ONE or BOTH parents of an adolescent who has had an episode of acute mental illness;
  • Your child/adolescent has had ONE psychiatric admission to hospital; AND
  • It has been at least 3 months since your child/adolescent was discharged from hospital
  • One off 50-minute interview at a place that is most convenient to you

Contact:  Mary Cantrill - social work educator and researcher
Australian College of Applied Psychology
Ph:  0406-828-514     Email:  mary.cantrill@acap.edu.au
More information:  Parent Information Flyer (PDF 87.7KB)    Posted March 2, 2015

University of Canberra Mediating Mental Health: An Integrated Approach to Investigating Media and Social Actors

This Project aims to gain a better understanding of the impact of news media and interest group representations of mental health issues on consumers, public opinion and policy responses in the area. It will do so by analysing media portrayals and investigating the views and experiences of consumers, advocacy organisations, mental health professionals and researchers, journalists and general community members.

Consumer Participants
Participation is voluntary and will involve attending a face-to-face interview or focus group discussion with the researcher that should take 60-90 minutes. Interviews will take place during 2015 at a time and location that is convenient for you.  Participants will be reimbursed for their time.  Consumer Info Sheet (PDF 72.8KB)

Advocacy Organisation Participants
This will involve participating in a one-on-one interview or focus group with the Project’s Chief Investigator, Dr Kate Holland, where you will be asked to share your views and experiences in relation to using media and interacting with journalists in your advocacy work.  Advocacy Organisations Info Sheet (PDF 432.1KB)

Researcher:  Dr Kate Holland,  News and Media Research Centre
Faculty of Arts & Design,  University of Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6201 5932    Email: kate.holland@canberra.edu.au    Posted March 2, 2015


A New Approach to Bipolar Depression

Do you have bipolar disorder and are looking for something more than your usual treatment?



We would like to study the benefits of adding a combination of vitamins and other natural compounds to your usual treatment for bipolar depression.


It is believed that in bipolar depression there may be an abnormality in energy metabolism, resulting in interference with normal brain function.  There is evidence to suggest that this combination treatment may improve some of the symptoms of this illness.


Anyone who has bipolar disorder and is currently experiencing symptoms of depression.


•    The trial will NOT involve any costs.
•    People will continue their usual treatment.
•    The treatment trial will last 3 months.
•    You will attend a final visit 4 weeks after the treatment trial
•    We will meet with you at least 7 times over the course of the trial.


This trial is a joint venture between Barwon Health and the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.


Persons wishing to take part in the trial can obtain more information from the trial coordinator;
PH: 9462 9902     OR        Email: nacstudy@cadeclinic.com      View or print flyer (PDF 213.3KB)



Australian College of Applied Psychology  Research Study: Perceptions of Language Use in Mental Health Care Services

Perceptions of Language Use in Mental Health Care Services 

Researchers at Australian College of Applied Psychology want to learn about your experience of language use in mental health care services.
The study involves taking part in a semi-structured telephone interview which involves approximately 10 main questions, which would take about 60 minutes about your experience with language used in mental health care services.

Participant criteria:

  • Have a diagnosis with schizophrenia
  • Are in recovery phase
  • Are 18 years and over

Participants will receive x2 free cinema movie ticket passes to thank them for their time!

Rosa Oyta is carrying out the study, towards a degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.  It is being supervised by Dr. Natalie Morrison of the School of Psychological Sciences at the Australian College of Applied Psychology

To take part in the research, or for more information, please contact researcher before 25th of August, 2014.  Research Flyer (PDF 257.1KB)

Researcher: Rosa Oyta at Rosa.Oyta@my.acap.edu.au, or mobile number 0468 965 246
Supervisor: Dr. Natalie Morrison at Natalie.Morrison@acap.edu.au or (02) 9964 6379.

University of Wollongong Safety In Acute Mental Health Units - Postcard - May2014


Consumer Participants Required for Research Study

Topic: The Meaning of Safety in Acute Mental Health Inpatient Units

A researcher from the University of Wollongong* is wishing to interview people who have experienced admission to an acute (public) mental health inpatient unit. Participants will be asked to describe in their own words what safety meant to them when they were in the acute mental health inpatient setting.

You may be eligible for this study if you are:

  • Aged 18 years or over
  • Have had one or more admissions to an acute (public) mental health inpatient unit in NSW, Australia
  • Are not currently receiving care or treatment in an inpatient setting.

Participation will entail a single confidential interview at a time and location convenient to you.

This study has ethics approval from the University of Wollongong (ref. HE14/140)


Please contact: Natalie Cutler

M: 0411 354 829 (call or SMS) or Email: nac639@uowmail.edu.au

Download or view flyer (PDF 138.9KB)    Download or view Participant Information Sheet  (PDF 64.1KB)

University of WollongongUniversity of Wollongong: Carer and Patient Attitudes re Medication Research flyer May2014
Participants Wanted for Study


Carer and patient attitudes towards medication and treatment adherence


Both medication adherence and carers have an impact on treatment outcomes. This study explores the relationship between carer and patient attitudes towards medication and the extent to which these attitudes are associated with patient medication adherence

Download or view the flyer (PDF 133.7KB)

If you have any further questions, please contact
the researcher Elizabeth McAlpine
or supervisor Dr. Mitchell Byrne
Email: eh998@uowmail.edu.au    Phone: 02 4221 5310 

QUT_LogoLiving with
Schizophrenia in the Family

The purpose of this project is to better understand the experience of family members who have lived with or are living with a close family member who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. We would like to know what you do to cope with stress, your own personal characteristics, your levels of stress and potential benefits you may have experienced.

You are eligible to participate if you have a first degree family member (such as a child, parent or sibling) who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, you are aged 16 years or older, and have lived with that person at some point in your life after they were diagnosed.

Your participation will involve completing an online (or paper form) anonymous battery of self-report questionnaires that will take approximately 20-25 minutes of your time. Questionnaires will cover areas such as basic demographic information, including some questions about your medical history, perceived stress, your personal characteristics, coping styles, use of social support and potential benefits. If you agree to participate you are not required to complete any question(s) that you may be uncomfortable answering.

To recognise your contribution, should you choose to participate, the research team is offering participants the chance to enter a random draw to receive one of two $50 Coles/Myer vouchers.

If you have any questions or require any further information about the project please contact the research team member below.
Rachel Morton  -  QUT School of Psychology & Counselling    rd.morton@connect.qut.edu.au     0412 278 017
Recruitment Flyer (PDF 583KB)    Participant Information (PDF 583.4KB)

Posted: 8 Apr 2014

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tDCS Treatment for Auditory Hallucinations and Thinking Problems in Schizophrenia

We are recruiting people with schizophrenia to take part in a study on transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) which involves application of a very weak electrical stimulus to the scalp.

We hope to learn how this treatment may influence thinking abilities, and whether it may improve the symptoms that occur with the illness.

  • The study involves a 4 week treatment period, with a possible extension to 8 weeks, during which participants will receive daily 20 minute sessions of tDCS.
  • During tDCS, a weak electrical current is applied to the head by means of an electrode placed on the scalp.
  • It is a safe, non-invasive brain stimulation technique that may change brain activity.
  • tDCS does not bring on seizures nor does tDCS require anaesthesia.

More information - PDF Flyer (PDF 95.2KB)

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in participating, please contact one of the research team.
   Danielle Weinberg at 02 9399 1878, email: d.weinberg@neura.edu.au
   Dr. Tom Weickert at 02 9399 1730, email: t.weickert@neura.edu.au

Posted 8 Apr 2014 

University of Sydney logo
Have you been working in your job for more than 6 months?
If you have we would love to talk to you!

The University of Sydney is trying to learn more about what has helped you to keep your job. A lot of people living with mental illness manage to GET a job, but most people really struggle to KEEP their jobs.

We want to hear your views about:

  1. the challenges you have faced and how you have overcome them and
  2. what supports or help have been most useful to help you keep your job

If you are willing to be interviewed by one of our researchers in a private space at your employment service:
please contact Nicola Hancock, University of Sydney on 02 9531 9379
or email: nicola.hancock@sydney.edu.au
If it is easier, we are happy for your employment staff member to contact us for you.

University of Sydney logoBeing a mother after child removal:
Experiences of women with mental illness

Masters Research StudyMother and Child Hands


My name is Melissa Miceli and I am researching the first-hand experience of mothers with mental illness who have their children removed from their care. This is part of my Masters program within the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney.

I would like to talk to mothers who:

  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have been diagnosed with a mental  illness; and
  • Have lost custody of a child at least two years ago.

If this sounds like you, and you would be willing to participate, or just want to know more, please contact me on:
P: 0406 759 960; or E: mmiceli@uni.sydney.edu.au    View or print flyer (PDF 307KB)

Why do this research?

Losing custody of a child can be devastating for any mother. For mothers who have a mental illness, this may be the result of difficulties relating to the mental illness, lack of support and/or stigma and discrimination.  Most mothers receive little or no professional support to cope with this.  Currently little is known about what happens to mothers after their child is removed, how they manage and what helps or harms them.

We hope this study will come up with recommendations about how things can be done differently so that other mothers like you can get better support

What will the study involve?

If you agree to take part in this project I will interview you about your experience coping with your child being removed and your opinions about what helped you and what could have been done differently. The Interviews are confidential, will take around an hour and will be held in a location that is convenient to you. You are free to answer only the questions you wish to answer and to stop the interview at any time.

Family Depression StudyBrain Dynamics Centre

Family Depression Study

Seeking participants for a research study on risk markers of major depression, focussing on people at risk for depression through having a parent, sibling or child who has experienced major depression.

The aim of this project is to understand vulnerability for depression in individuals. By understanding how depression develops, we can develop prevention and early intervention strategies.
In the study participants are asked to

  • Answer some questions about their own past mental health and that of their relative (the participants should not have experienced a major depression themselves, only their relative)
  • Do a touch screen neurocognitive battery
  • Have an EEG and ERP study
  • Complete a structural and functional MRI
  • Have a blood (or saliva) sample taken
  • Time committment is approx 6 hours (at a time that is convenient to the participant)
  • Participants will receive reimbursement for participation
  • Accepting new participants until June 2013.

The project is one of the first to use the high-risk family study methods to look for biologically based markers in major depression. It will be integrating brain, behaviour, genetic and symptom/functioning, early life experience information. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council. Anna Watters is coordinating the study under Professor Lea Williams
More info: Ph 02 9845 8178 or email  anna.watters@sydney.edu.au or go to http://www.brain-dynamics.net/our-studies/family-of-depression

SURVEY: Examining the Perceptions of Traumatic Brain Injury and Schizophrenia Griffith University logo

Although the survey requires participants to first enter their name and email address to permit them to complete the questionnaires, the survey is completely anonymous and those names and email addresses are not recorded or stored.  An individuals performance on the survey is in no way monitored or provided to an employer. Once an email address has been entered, a survey link with be emailed to your account. If the survey does not appear in your inbox, it may be in the junk mail folder.
Research indicates that the public holds different perceptions about the effects of mental illness and neurological disorder. Such beliefs influence how the general public interacts with individuals with these conditions, as well as how the person adjusts to living with the condition. The broad aim of our research is to compare the perceptions of the general public with people who work in the field of traumatic brain injury and/or schizophrenia. In doing so it is hoped that we can gain a better understanding of the level and nature of inaccurate beliefs held by the public and in turn contribute to the development of education and awareness programs.

Yvette McKendry's Honours thesis is examining the public's perceptions of traumatic brain injury and schizophrenia, at Griffith University.
Go to the survey - https://prodsurvey.rcs.griffith.edu.au/TBIperceptions