Parents, Professionals and Partnerships: What does this really mean when a child needs mental health services?

1. Your name, academic institution and contact details

Joanne Pullman

Australian School of Applied Psychology

joanne.pullman@my.acap.edu.au

0404 148 125

2. The name of your project and a brief synopsis

Joanne Pullman

3. Name of University Supervisor

Professor Lynne Harris

4. The name of your project and a brief synopsis

Parents, Professionals and Partnerships: What does this really mean when a child needs mental health services?

Australian Government mental health policies state that partnership with families and carers is essential to providing effective treatment. Nevertheless partnership is not easy to explain, and there are a range of views about what it means and how to ‘do’ it; this is left up to individuals to decide. The purpose of this research is to listen carefully to what partnership in mental health really looks like, and to consider what it should look like. The aim is to inform policy and practice about current partnerships; what is working and what needs to change.

5. Recruitment details

If you are a parent with direct experiences of accessing mental health treatment when your child needed assistance, I would be very interested in talking to you about those experiences. I would like to know what this partnership was like, the effect on you, and what you think its effect was on treatment for your child.

You would be eligible to participate if you:

- Are the parent of a child who has needed assistance from mental health services

- Are willing to be interviewed for 45-90 minutes at the ACAP Psychology Clinic, 11 York St.  Sydney, at your workplace, at a local facility near your home, or via Skype or telephone. You will be reimbursed for any travel costs. Interviews can be organised for day-time, week-end or evening.

6. Human Research Ethics Board and Approval Number

Navitas Professional Human Research and Ethics Committee (NPI HREC) approval number 194250215.

7. Opening and closing date for recruitment

This project is requesting interviews from April 2015 until the end of August 2015. The researcher is available now and would be interested in talking to you at a time of your convenience.