Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Alfred Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) offers mental health care to infants, children and youths and their families or carers.  People who live in the cities of Port Phillip, Stonnington, Glen Eira, Bayside and Ports of Kingston are eligible to use Alfred CAMHS.

We are actively looking to increase the amount and quality of research that we are doing and we have a particular interest in practice-based evidence.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health team

Chief Investigator/Team Leader   
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni

Researchers               
Louise Newman
Paul Denborough
 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health: current projects

1. Intervening in child trauma

Aim   
The purpose of this study is to improve understanding of child trauma and to assess an evidence-based intervention

Participants 
  
Children and youth from Israel and Australia

Project status   
This project is due to commence soon

Researchers   
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni
Louise Newman
Paul Denborough

2. Theory of mind, emotion recognition and temperament: association with social functioning in children and adolescents.

Aim   
The aim of this project is to look at factors that might be linked with the difficulties some young people have in getting along with others

Participants and methods
Young people, completing a variety of questionnaires

Project status   
This project is currently ongoing.

Researchers   
Emma Newton
Paul Denborough

3. Client-directed, outcome-informed practice pilot

Aim
The purpose of this project is to pilot the introduction of an effectiveness measure of the clinical work of the Alfred Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Participants
The project involves 8 clinicians and 50 families

Methods
Clinician and carer satisfaction with the CDOI practice is being measured.

Project status
The pilot commenced in June 2009 and is currently under way.

Researchers   
Rachel Barbara-May
Paul Denborough
Stuart Lee

4. Sharing reports with families

Aim
This project aims to improve collaborative practice at the CAMHS and to improve the usefulness of assessment reports.

Participants
The Middle South team

Methods
Information is collected via a telephone survey of clients and a staff satisfaction survey.

Status       
This project is in the planning stages.

Researchers   
Dr Campbell Thorpe
Michelle Knuckey

5. How parents inform children about autism

Aim
The purpose of this project is to find out baseline information about how and at what age parents inform their children about autism spectrum disorder.

Participants   
20 families who came to Alfred CAMHS through the DAP Program.

Methods
Families that agree to participate will be interviewed and baseline data will be collected.

Status       
This study is currently in preparation.

Researchers   
Mary Fleming
Jenny Harrison

6. Satisfaction survey of autism assessment service

Aim
The study sets out to survey past families to measure satisfaction and identify areas for program improvement.

Participants   
55 clients of the service.

Methods       
The 55 clients were sent a 31-item questionnaire to complete.

Status       
Complete in 2009

Researchers
Roger Pelletier

7. Use of interpretation in children under 3 years old

Aim
This study examined what interventions are effective when working psychotherapeutically with 2 years olds.

Methods       
Literature review.

Status       
Completed in 2009

Researchers
Rosalie Birkin

8. Children of mentally ill patients

Aim
The purpose of the project is to examine the engagement and needs of children of clients attending Adult Psychiatry.

Methods
Information is collected via file audit

Status
This study is currently ongoing

Researcher
Sharon Sutherland