Programs and research

Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH)

SEARCH was conducted by the Sax Institute to investigate opportunities for prevention and early intervention to improve Aboriginal child and family health outcomes. beyondblue partnered with the Sax Institute, University of Sydney, NSW Health, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and four Aboriginal Medical Services to continue the large-scale survey urban Aboriginal families living in New South Wales. SEARCH is also working to improve practice and care pathways.

Improving the wellbeing of Melbourne-based Aboriginal people with chronic disease who are experiencing depression, anxiety or a related mental health disorder: A Wurundjeri community-driven initiative

beyondblue funded a 24-month project to address the concerns of the Wurundjeri community in relation to community members and Aboriginal people who are living in Melbourne with chronic disease and also experiencing depression and/or anxiety. The project was conducted through a partnership between the Heart Research Centre, Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council and the University of Melbourne. It was completed in 2013.

Common mental disorders in Koori men: Facilitating case finding and continuity of care

The Department of Rural and Indigenous Health at Monash University conducted a 12-month project that involved hosting a Koori men's health day as a way of identifying Koori men with common mental disorders in the community. The project was co-funded by beyondblue, the Department of Rural and Indigenous Health and Monash University. Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation and Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Services collaborated on implementation of the project.

Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) Project Evaluation

beyondblue funded the evaluation of the LEAD project by The University of Melbourne. VicHealth and partners worked together to assist two Victorian local government areas to implement policies and practices that reduce ethnic, race-based and religious discrimination. LEAD is a multi-faceted approach aimed at reducing the experience of discrimination and racism for Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse communities as these factors are known to contribute to depression and anxiety in these populations. Through this project, a range of community activities were explored to promote positive attitudes towards cultural diversity amongst members of the whole community.

National Priority Driven Research (NPDR) Program

The beyondblue NPDR program was launched in March 2011 to foster targeted research into the prevention and treatment of depression and anxiety. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, depression and anxiety are a priority and four projects were funded in the second round of the program. Six projects have been funded through this program.