The Children’s Hospital Foundation has partnered with Queensland Health and Orygen to deliver an innovative model of digitally enhanced mental health care for young Queenslanders.
Thanks to a significant partnership investment of $8 million between both the Foundation and Queensland Health, Orygen is delivering their Moderated Online Social Therapy (MOST) model in Queensland with a two-year pilot project. MOST will be offered to young people between 12 and 25 years of age who are experiencing mental ill-health, alongside their face-to-face clinical care.
This pilot project comes in the wake of two uncertain years for Australians, young and old, thanks to the global COVID crisis. -MOST will allow young Queenslanders to access timely mental health care through the use of a clinician moderated online platform, which is accessible directly from their pockets.
Young people are already signed up to the platform with Queensland Health clinicians at centres right across the state encouraging their patients to sign-up and use the platform as a support mechanism between their sessions.
The funding has allowed this program to deliver services to young people who may not otherwise have had access or use services to support their mental health and wellbeing. It allows young people the opportunity to engage with online therapeutic content, connect with online clinician support and peer support at the touch of their fingertips, wherever and whenever they need it.
Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair, Karen Prentis, said the pilot was launching at just the right time.
“This is an imperative time, as young Australian’s grapple with the uncertainties of life during a pandemic. MOST service scope allows these young people to have 24/7 support, responding to those awaiting in-person support, ensuring timely access to effective mental health care,” Mrs Prentis said.
The MOST platform had previously been rolled out to far-reaching success in Victoria, with the platform having been developed in partnership with consumers and backed by more than a decade of research, clinical expertise and innovation led by Orygen Digital.
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