National eTherapy Centre
In 2008, Swinburne established the National eTherapy Centre (NeTC). Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, NeTC currently develops and offers digital mental health programs to support people with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems.
NeTC runs Mental Health Online, an online psychological assessment and treatment virtual clinic for common mental health problems.
Mental Health Online provides:
- information about a range of mental health difficulties,
- free automated mental health assessment, and
- automated self-guided therapy programs.
These can be used independently, or can be used with the assistance of an online therapist via email, or scheduled video or text-chat sessions.
Our team are also involved in developing and researching ongoing innovations in digital mental health, including virtual reality, integrating therapy with smartphone-based support in day-to-day life, and using digital technology within mental health services.
We also provide healthcare professionals with free access to our online CBT-based treatment programs.
Associate Professor Neil ThomasClinical Director
Associate Professor Maja Nedeljkovic
NeTC 'Mental Health Online' Program Writers
- Dr Jo Abbott
- Associate Professor David Austin
- Dr Jacqueline Baulch
- Dr Imogen Bell
- Dr Lisa Ciechomski
- Molly Fitzpatrick
- Fiona Foley
- Professor Britt Klein
- Professor Mike Kyrios
- Dr Sue Lauder
- Dr Jo Mitchell
- Dr Richard Moulding
- Associate Professor Maja Nedeljkovic
- Dr David Nguyen
- Gabriel Notarianni
- Dr Liz Seabrook
- Kerrie Shandley
- Associate Professor Neil Thomas
- Dr Ben Williams
e-Psychological Assessment System (e-PASS) Creators
- Professor Britt Klein
- Dr David Nguyen
eTherapy research programs
In the SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Technology) research program we are working with the Victorian Department of Health and several mental health organisations across Victoria. The focus of this research program is to develop and research how online resources can be used within specialist mental health services to promote personal recovery in people with severe mental health problems.
This includes the development of materials that can be used by mental health workers during interactions with consumers on a tablet computer, as well as being accessed directly by consumers and their family members at home.
These have been developed in close collaboration with users of mental health services, including multimedia featuring people talking about their personal experiences of mental health problems. Several trials are underway as part of this research program.
The ORBIT research program is being funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council from 2016 to conduct an international multicentre trial of online interventions for people with bipolar disorder. The focus of this program is to examine the best ways of promoting recovery and quality of life in people who have experienced a number of episodes of bipolar disorder.
The program is being led by Professor Greg Murray in the Department of Psychological Sciences, in conjunction with the eTherapy Research Unit and a number of international research centres.
Mental Health Online provides online information, assessment and treatment for mental health problems including:
- Made-4-Me eTherapy
(Therapist-supported and automated eTherapy programs for up to three mental health disorders -- depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder -- and tailored for age and gender)
- GAD Online
(Therapist supported and automated program for Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
- Panic STOP!
(Therapist supported and automated program for Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia)
- PTSD Online
(Therapist supported and automated program for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- OCD STOP!
(Therapist supported and automated program for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
- SAD Online
(Therapist supported and automated program for Social Anxiety Disorder)
- NHMRC Project Grant, 2016-2019. “Improving quality of life in late stage bipolar disorder: RCT of a novel psychological treatment.”
- Victorian Department of Health Mental Illness Research Fund, 2013-2017. “Self-Management and Recovery Technology (SMART): Use of online technology to promote recovery and self-management in psychosis.”
- Commonwealth Department of Health, 2015-2021. “Mental Health Online.”
- VicHealth Alcohol Innovation Challenge, 2015-2015. “Digital peer modelling drinking culture change intervention.”
- Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation, 2014. “A pilot online intervention aimed at reducing loneliness for people diagnosed with mental disorders.”
- Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation, 2013. “Evaluation of Sleep-e: an online treatment program for insomnia.”
- Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation, 2013. “Supportive technology for monitoring sleep disorders.”
- beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression, Anxiety and Related Disorders, 2011-2013. "Evaluation of a tailored online same-sex attracted youth focused transdiagnostic mental health and wellbeing program."
- auDA Foundation, 2012-13. “Voices unplugged.”
- Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, 2011-2012. "Extending upon the Anxiety Online platform."
- Barbara Dicker Foundation, 2011. "Development of an online treatment program for insomnia"
- beyondblue National Priority Driven Research program, 2011.”Evaluating the efficacy of an online psychological intervention for partners of men with prostate cancer: A randomised controlled trial.”
- Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, 2011-2012. " 'Anxiety Online': Service provision".
- Barbara Dicker Foundation, 2011. "Evaluation of a fully automated internet-based treatment for depression"
- beyondblue Centre of Excellence, 2010-2013. "An online psychological support intervention for men with prostate cancer."
- Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, 2010-2013. "An online psychological support intervention for men with prostate cancer."
- Canadian Institute for Health Research: Partnerships for Health System Improvement, 2010-2013: Improving Access to Mental Health Services: Establishing and Evaluating a Strategic Unit for Internet Therapy Education and Development (SUITED).
- beyondblue Centre of Excellence and Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, 2010-2012: "The efficacy of the Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained adolescent and parent mental health online program for the prevention of depression, anxiety and other adverse mental health problems in rural adolescents with Type 1 diabetes."
- Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. 2010-2011" 'Anxiety Online': Service provision".
- NHMRC Project Grant, 2010-2012: "Evaluation of an internet-based cognitive-behavioural treatment program for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."
- NHMRC project grant, 2009-2011: "Evaluation of internet-based treatments for co-morbidity of alcohol disorders and depressive mood"
- Crisis Support Services & Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, 2009-2010: "Development and evaluation of a suicide carers moderated bulletin board and psycho-educational wellbeing online resource package."
- Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, 2008-2010: 'Anxiety Online': Making available to all Australians the world's most effective internet-based clinical treatment programs for the anxiety disorders.
- Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, 2009: "Provision of strategies to support drug and alcohol online activities"
- Butterfly Foundation and Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, 2009: "Butterfly Eating Disorders Australian National Network (Butterfly EDANN)"
- BP Australasia Pty Ltd, 2008: "Evaluation of Resilience Online"
- beyondblue Centre of Excellence, 2007-2009: "MoodSwings: An online intervention program for bipolar affective disorder"
- Rotary project grant, 2007/8: "PTSD Online: Evaluation of an internet based intervention for the treatment of acute PTSD and the treatment and prevention of chronic PTSD."
- BP Australasia Pty Ltd, 2007: "Workplace Wellness and Well-being internet-based psycho-educational information program"
- Inspire Foundation & beyondBlue, 2007: "Evaluation of Reach Out Central"
- National Youth Mental Health Foundation, 2007: "Headspace Southern Melbourne" (Consortium members).
- beyondblue Centre of Excellence, 2006-2007: "MoodSwings: Evaluation of an online intervention program for bipolar affective disorder"
Online mental health resources
- Head to Health (Australian Government portal for mental health information, helplines and online programs)
- Mental Health Online (online mental health assessment and, self-help and therapist-assisted treatment)
- e-mental health in practice project (eMHPrac) (training for health professionals in use of online mental health resources with clients)
- MindSpot Clinic (online mental health assessment and therapist-assisted treatment)
- This Way Up Clinic (online self-help and therapist-assisted mental health treatment)
- eCouch (online self-help mental health treatment)
- MoodGYM (online self-help treatment for depression)
- MoodSwings (online self-help treatment for bi-polar disorder)
- On Track (online self-help mental health treatment)
- Blue Pages (online information on depression)
- ReachOut (online mental health resources for 14-25 year olds)
- University of Queensland – BRAVE program (online anxiety treatment for children and adolescents)
- University of Tasmania – FearDrop (online phobia treatment)
Mental health organisations
- Black Dog Institute
- Kids Help
- Lifeline Australia
- Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria
- Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVIC)
- Sane Forums
Internet Intervention Societies/Groups
Contact the Centre for Mental Health
There are many ways to engage with us. Whether you’re a PhD student, media, or an organisation looking to form a partnership, contact the Centre on +61 3 9214 5356 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.