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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