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Experiences of depression and recovery in Australia

The Experiences of Depression and Recovery project established a unique partnership between Monash, Oxford and Melbourne Universities and beyondblue. The researchers conducted in-depth narrative interviews with 39 people from around Australia on their experiences of depression and recovery. Participants were men and women from varied backgrounds in terms of age, cultural and socio-economic background, and sexuality. Stories were a video or audio-recorded then carefully analyzed to create a public website designed to support people experiencing depression and those involved in their care. The website captures both overall findings from all interviews, as well as individual stories, illustrated by video, audio, and written excerpts and is currently available on our UK Partner site (see below).

Healthtalk Australia website module (located on our UK partner site, healthtalk.org):

Experiences of Depression and Recovery in Australia

Funding Body:

Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP0990229) in partnership with beyondblue

Investigators:

Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic, Lead Investigator, Monash University

Professor Sue Ziebland, Co-Investigator, University of Oxford

Professor Jane Gunn, Co-Investigator, University of Melbourne

Partner Investigator:

Dr. Nicole Highet, beyondblue

Research Team:

Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic, Lead Investigator, Social Studies in Health and Medicine (SSHM) Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Kate Johnston-Ataata, Research Associate, SSHM Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Nicholas Hill, Research Assistant, SSHM Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Advisory Panel:

Sue Ziebland, Professor, Research Director, Health Experiences Research Group, Oxford University

Lorraine Smith, Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney

John Furler, Senior Research Fellow, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne; General Practitioner

Caroline Johnson, General Practitioner

Jane Gunn, Professor, Head, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne; General Practitioner

Nicole Highet, Deputy CEO and Perinatal / Community Awareness Advisor, beyondblue

Huong Tran, Vietnamese Interpreter, North Richmond Community Health Centre

Halina Bluzer, Academic Services Co-ordinator, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, School of Engineering (TAFE)

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Emotional Experiences Early Parenthood

Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood

The Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood in Australian Families project contributes to understanding how new parents and their partners might best emotionally adjust to pregnancy and early parenthood, and how and by whom they might be best supported. A total of 45 parents (36 women and 9 men) from a wide range of backgrounds and family arrangements were interviewed about their experiences of becoming a parent. People’s stories included their first thoughts about having children, experiences of conception and pregnancy (including surrogacy and IVF), difficult experiences such as miscarriage, premature birth or loss of a baby, labour and birth, feeding and settling, and impact of becoming a parent on people’s relationships and their sense of identity.

Healthtalk Australia website module:

Emotional experiences of early parenthood in Australian families

Funding body:

Healthdirect Australia (2013-2014)

Investigator:

Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic, Lead Investigator, Social Studies in Health and Medicine (SSHM) Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Research team:

Kate Johnston-Ataata, Research Associate, SSHM Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Caroline Hart, Research Assistant, SSHM Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Nicholas Hill, Research Assistant, SSHM Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Advisory Panel:

Andrew Betts, house husband, and father

Rita Butera, Executive Director, Women’s Health Victoria

Monica Dux, author, and social commentator

Sam Everingham, President, Surrogacy Australia

Belinda Horton, CEO, PANDA

Kate Hunt, Professor, Associate Director / Programme Leader, Gender and Health, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, UK

Renata Kokanovic, Associate Professor, Project Lead Investigator, Monash University

Joyce Jiang, Health Promotion Manager, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (since July 2014)

Lindy Marlow, State Wide Facilitator, Refugee Health Nurse Program, Victorian Refugee Health Network, and Western Region Health Centre

Lenore Manderson, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Monash University

Ruth McNair, Associate Professor, Academic General Practitioner (Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health), University of Melbourne

Suzanne McNaught, Maternal and Child Health Nurse, City of Stonnington, Victoria

Jennifer Peggie, mother, and occupational therapist

Leone Piggford, GP (Women’s Health and Paediatrics), University of Melbourne Student Health Service

Meredith Stone, Psychiatric Registrar, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Melanie Strang, GP, counselor, author, and creator of Well Mum Well Baby

Elly Taylor, relationship counselor, parent educator, and creator of Parent Support Online

Clare Shann, Global Mental Health Lead, Movember

Megan Wong, Health Promotion and Research Project Officer, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (until July 2014)

Dianne Zalitis, Clinical Governance Analyst, Pregnancy Birth, and Baby, Healthdirect Australia

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Living with multiple medicines

Living with multiple medicines: an in-depth examination of experiences and management of multiple medicines

Overview:

Living with Multiple Medicines project is an in-depth examination of people’s experiences and management of multiple medicines. This project aimed to improve our understanding of people’s experiences of medicines and their health and illness, and provide resources to support people living with a wide variety of health conditions, their families, friends and the health professionals involved in their care. Our researcher traveled around Australia to talk to 40 people (including 5 doctors and 1 pharmacist) in their own homes or workplaces about issues such as:

  • how they feel about taking multiple medicines;
  • communicating with others; and
  • problems they had with their medicines and how these were resolved.

As with all Healthtalkonline projects, participants were men and women from varied backgrounds in terms of age, cultural and socio-economic background, geographic location and sexuality. Their stories were a video or audio-recorded then analyzed to capture both overall findings from all interviews, as well as individual stories, illustrated by video, audio, and written excerpts.

Through the Living with Multiple Medicines project, participants’ information is used in several ways:

  • to develop support and information resources for people using multiple medicines;
  • for research: to find out what is important to people using multiple medicines;
  • to train health and social care professionals; and
  • to enable visitors to the Living with Multiple Medicines website (below) to see and hear participants share their personal stories on film.

Healthtalk Australia website module (located on the NPS MedicineWise website):

Living with Multiple Medicines

Funding Body:

NPS MedicineWise

Investigators:

Dr. Jacqueline Tudball, Lead Investigator

Dr. Lorraine Smith, Co-Investigator

Ms. Margaret Williamson, Team Leader,  NPS MedicinesWise

Advisory Panel:

Alice Bhasale, formerly at NPS MedicinesWise

Ric Day, Professor, University of New South Wales

Sue Healey, consumer representative

Elizabeth Manias, Professor, University of Melbourne

Kath Ryan, Associate Professor,  La Trobe University

Sarah Spagnardi, NPS MedicinesWise

Margaret Williamson, NPS MedicinesWise

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Experiences of addiction, treatment

Experiences of addiction, treatment, and recovery

This project is the first of its kind in Australia and around the world. It will collect and analyze the personal accounts of people who describe themselves as having a drug habit, dependence, or addiction, and present these (anonymized) accounts in textual, audio and re-enacted video form on a publicly accessible web site. The aim of the study is to generate much-needed new insights into the range of experiences that make up life for people who consider themselves to have a drug habit, dependence or addiction.

How do people manage this aspect of their lives? How do they cope with the stigma associated with it? What kind of help do they seek, where necessary? What do ideas of well-being or recovery mean to them? What resources are important to them? The resulting web site will be available for training, information and public awareness purposes.

Funding body:

Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP140100996, 2014 – 2016)

Investigators:

Professor Suzanne Fraser, NDRI, Curtin University

Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic, Monash University

Professor David Moore, NDRI, Curtin University

Professor Carla Treloar, University of NSW

Associate Professor and Dr Adrian Dunlop, Hunter New England Area Health Service

Research team:

Dr. Kiran Pienaar, Research Associate, NDRI, Curtin University

Ms. Ella Dilkes-Frayne, Research Assistant, Monash University

Advisory Panel:

Ms. Colleen Blums, Drug and Alcohol Nurses Australasia

Ms. Anna Keto, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Mr. Danny Jeffcote, North Yarra Community Health

Ms. Debbie Kaplan, NSW Health

Ms. Jenny Kelsall, Harm Reduction Victoria

Ms. Edita Kennedy, Association of Participating Service Users

Associate Professor Lynne Magor-Blatch, Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association

Mr. Brad Pearce, Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association

Ms. Julie Rae, Australian Drug Foundation

Professor Ann Roche, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Mr. Robert Stirling, Network of Alcohol and other Drugs

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What’s your kid’s favorite channel?

Over the years, our life has been changed in so many ways. We become more tech-savvy and less manual. Well, that brought a change in the lives of kids also. Mostly being a part of the nuclear family, a kid nowadays spends less time with humans and more time with technology. For all those working parents, it gets almost impossible to spend time with their kids. They got deprived of the sweet company of their grandparents. They find no one who can talk to them for hours, and teach ethics and values of life. They feel lonely. So they make new friends, who are – PSP, X Box, Video games, Smartphone, etc.  But are these devices going to teach them morals of life? The answer is probably, no. 

So there must be some way out! There has to be someone who can not only be with them all the time but also edify them with knowledge, education and help them evolve with a better personality. So kids’ infotainment channels and programs evolved gradually. With fun and sheer entertainment, these channels portray ethics and morals of life. Be it Chhota Bheem or M.A.D. (Indian Version), every program leads its little viewers to new learning about life. With their childlike presentation and extraordinary content, they entertain kids with strong morals. M.A.D. shows how one can make mind-blowing creative stuff with small invaluable things, whereas Chhota Bheem attracts kids with beautiful stories of courage and bravery. 

So gift your child a good childhood with kids’ entertainment. Dish TV recharge online SBI debit card will help you get your recharge done with just a few easy steps. So, let your kids enjoy a lovely entertainment on various kids’ channels. If you are a working parent and do not get time to spend quality time with your kids, try to change your job schedule, get some time and watch their favorite programs with them. It will make them feel how much you love them. And moreover, Dish TV recharge debit Credit card is there. So you can recharge anytime, anywhere.

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