Digital Mental Health Musings

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Digital Mental Health Musings is a podcast about Australian digital mental health resources by e-Mental Health in Practice (QUT). We will discuss what digital mental health resources are out there, how to use them, and advice for health professionals There's a world of digital mental health resources out there, let us help you navigate it.

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Mental Health Online: The Journey to Blended Care
Nov 21 2022
Mental Health Online: The Journey to Blended Care
In this episode host, Dr Tania McMahon speaks to Associate Professor Neil Thomas and Dr. Hailey Tremain from Mental Health Online. They discuss the story of Mental Health Online, their pathway to blended care, their therapist-assisted program and how health professionals can use Mental Health Online to enhance their practice. Mental Health Online is an initiative of Swinburne University's National eTherapy Centre, providing online information, assessment, self-guided and therapist assisted programs for a variety of mental health issues. About the GuestsNeil Thomas is Director of the National eTherapy Centre and Deputy Director of the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University of Technology. Alongside heading Mental Health Online, Neil leads a research program on developing therapeutic approach to help people living with mental health problems, with a particular focus on the use of digital technologies.  Dr. Hailey Tremain is a Clinical Psychologist, whose role with Mental Health Online mainly focuses upon supporting MHO therapists to build positive and effective therapeutic relationships with clients utilising video, telephone, email and live chat modalities. She completed her PhD and postdoctoral fellowship in digital mental health, and also works as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and in telehealth-based private practice. She has ongoing research collaborations with Orygen, the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University.Visit the Mental Health Online website at the Mental Health Online Health Professional Resources: the Mental Health Online team at contactmho@swin.edu.au
Mental Health Online: The Journey to Blended Care
Nov 21 2022
Mental Health Online: The Journey to Blended Care
In this episode host, Dr Tania McMahon speaks to Associate Professor Neil Thomas and Dr. Hailey Tremain from Mental Health Online. They discuss the story of Mental Health Online, their pathway to blended care, their therapist-assisted program and how health professionals can use Mental Health Online to enhance their practice. Mental Health Online is an initiative of Swinburne University's National eTherapy Centre, providing online information, assessment, self-guided and therapist assisted programs for a variety of mental health issues. About the GuestsNeil Thomas is Director of the National eTherapy Centre and Deputy Director of the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University of Technology. Alongside heading Mental Health Online, Neil leads a research program on developing therapeutic approach to help people living with mental health problems, with a particular focus on the use of digital technologies.  Dr. Hailey Tremain is a Clinical Psychologist, whose role with Mental Health Online mainly focuses upon supporting MHO therapists to build positive and effective therapeutic relationships with clients utilising video, telephone, email and live chat modalities. She completed her PhD and postdoctoral fellowship in digital mental health, and also works as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and in telehealth-based private practice. She has ongoing research collaborations with Orygen, the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University.Visit the Mental Health Online website at the Mental Health Online Health Professional Resources: the Mental Health Online team at contactmho@swin.edu.au
eHub: What We've Learned From Two Decades of Digital
Oct 24 2022
eHub: What We've Learned From Two Decades of Digital
In this episode host, Dr Tania McMahon speaks to Dr Kylie Bennett, Managing Director of eHub about MoodGym, eCouch, and what they have learned over the last 20 years working in digital mental health. Dr Kylie Bennett is the Managing Director of e-Hub Health which delivers automated, evidence-based online self-help programs for mental health. The programs include MoodGym, a cognitive behaviour therapy (iCBT) training program for young people and e-couch which provides self-directed training in a range of psychological approaches for managing common mental health problems. She previously worked at the Australian National University for 15 years as part of a team which developed and evaluated e-mental health interventions, and subsequently led a commercialisation process resulting in the successful spin-off of e-hub Health in 2016. Kylie has personal experience of depression and anxiety and is passionate about empowering individuals to manage their mental health through quality and accessible resources.  Tania and Kylie discuss how eHub came to be, what does it look like now, the differences between MoodGym and eCouch and how they fit into the Australian mental health landscape. They also speak about how practitioners can utilise eHub's programs to enhance their practice, as well as some key learnings from their time working in digital mental health. Visit the eHub website at the MoodGym program: the eCouch program:
Spotlight on Lifeline
Aug 29 2022
Spotlight on Lifeline
In this episode of Digital Mental Health Musings host, Dr. Tania McMahon speaks to Sherry Cameron and Tess Reddel from Lifeline Australia about Lifeline's services.Sherry Cameron is the National Manager of Digital Services for Lifeline Australia, which provides 24/7 services to people in distress via SMS and online chat. Sherry oversaw the evolution of Digital Services from a six-hour-a-night pilot program to a 24/7 operation using hundreds of trained volunteers, all working remotely. She is an MBA and has been an entrepreneur and business executive in the USA, Singapore, Mexico, and the UAE. She also holds an advanced degree in psychology, is a licensed counsellor, and is passionate about bringing a balance of responsible business practices, conscious leadership, and managerial stability to the mental health and social services sector.Tess Reddel is a Lead Practice Facilitator at Lifeline Australia, providing trauma-informed and evidence-based guidance to enhance and support the delivery of the Lifeline crisis support services across the phone and digital platforms. She is a social worker by educational background and holds previous professional experience in providing psychological support to individuals and groups from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds. Tess is passionate about supporting people from a diverse range of backgrounds and believes in collaboration with all key stakeholders at all levels of the support process. Consultation and collaboration with those experiencing crisis or distress to those delivering the support services and the strategic and policy levels allow for meaningful and sustainable change to occur. Tania, Sherry, and Tess discuss Lifeline's services, history, and evolution over time. They also speak about where Lifeline fits into the Australian digital mental health landscape and how Health Practitioners can integrate Lifeline into their practice. Visit the Lifeline website at or call 13 11 14Lifeline crisis chat: a Lifeline Centre near you:
Burnout in Clinical Practice and How Digital Tools Can Help
Jun 27 2022
Burnout in Clinical Practice and How Digital Tools Can Help
In this episode of Digital Mental Health Musings host, Dr. Ruth Crowther speaks to Dr Tania McMahon about burnout in clinical practice and how digital tools can help. Dr Tania McMahon is a returning guest on the Digital Mental Health Podcast. She is a Senior Research Officer within the eMHPrac team and a registered Clinical Psychologist. Tania has been working in ePsychology research for over a decade, helping develop and test a range of innovative therapies and technologies, including telephone-based treatments, online programs, and apps, to help improve mental health and wellbeing. She also works in a private practice setting treating adolescents and adults, and is an enthusiastic advocate of e-Mental Health services and resources to complement the treatment she provides and support her clients between sessions. Ruth and Tania discuss the unique challenges faced by clinicians, how digital mental health resources can help in practice as well as support clinicians' own mental health, and how to start navigating the wide landscape of digital mental health. They also share their own experiences in clinical practice, the effect of the pandemic on workloads, tackling health professionals increased risk of burnout, and how to start tackling it. eMHprac eMH Directory for all the resources mentioned in this episode: the Mental Health of Health Professionals and First Responders factsheet: to the Black Dog Institute Newsletter: to the eMHPrac Newsletter: out about more digital mental health newsletters: up on the last episode of Digital Mental Health Musings:
Spotlight on MoodMission
May 23 2022
Spotlight on MoodMission
In this episode of Digital Mental Health Musings host, Dr. Ruth Crowther speaks to David Bakker about the MoodMission app, integrating mental health apps into treatment, and the ongoing development of digital interventions.Dr David Bakker is the Founding Director of MoodMission. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice and has previously worked in rural mental health outreach, youth mental health, disability support, and a range of psychology services. He also teaches postgraduate psychology at the Institute for Social Neuroscience. He is passionate about technology and the evolution of its use in mental health support. David believes that his fresh approach to mental health apps gives him an advantage over other developers. Many currently available mental health apps are replications of low-tech self-help mental health interventions, like worksheets and diaries. David is deeply interested in the advanced interactive capabilities of smartphones and wants to pursue creative ways to employ them in mental health apps. He looks forward to integrating technology throughout his future clinical and research career.Ruth and David discuss the influences and development of the MoodMission app, its features, and how it can be used by clinicians in treatment and as a self-help resource. They talk about who is currently using apps, their role in mental health treatment, and future development of digital mental health tools. MoodMission Website: MoodMission (Apple App Store): MoodMission (Google Play): David Bakker and the MoodMission team at
A Collaborative Approach to Navigating Complexity
Apr 25 2022
A Collaborative Approach to Navigating Complexity
In the first episode of Season 2 Digital Mental Health Musings host Dr. Ruth Crowther speaks to Jane Austin and Lyndal Sherwin from TheMHS. They discuss the origins of the TheMHS Learning Network, their goals, the upcoming TheMHS Conference, and TheMHS Awards.Jane Austin is Executive Director of TheMHS and has had a background in health organisation management for the last twenty years. This has included roles at the George Institute for Global Health and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Jane has also held Board positions, including as a Director of the Asthma Foundation of NSW. Jane's work has spanned the UK, Australia and New Zealand and in recent years she volunteered at a phone counselling service, supporting people living with social isolation, suicidal ideation, and mental distress.Lyndal Sherwin is the TheMHS Awards Manager. She is an Occupational Therapist and has close to 20 years’ experience working as a mental health clinician and health services manager within acute, community and forensic mental health services within Australia and the UK. Lyndal also currently holds the role of Clinical Rehabilitation Manager in Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Services in Northern Sydney Local Health District. Lyndal is passionate about trauma informed, recovery oriented service provision that is truly led by lived experience and expertise.Ruth, Jane and Lyndal discuss the origins of TheMHS Learning Network, their goals, the upcoming TheMHS Conference and TheMHS Awards. They also discuss TheMHS approach to navigating complexity, integrating the health system, the role of digital mental health and more.TheMHS Website: Awards: Conference:
Using Digital Technologies to Reduce Substance and Alcohol Use
Sep 25 2021
Using Digital Technologies to Reduce Substance and Alcohol Use
In episode 6, Dr. Ruth Crowther speaks to Dr Jennifer Connolly about digital interventions for alcohol and substance use, how they can help, their effectiveness and how practitioners can incorporate them into their practice.Dr Jennifer Connolly is a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology. Jennifer has been working in psychology research for over 20 years with a focus on projects investigating novel treatments for a range of mental health problems including depression, psychosis, and alcohol misuse. Over the last decade, Jennifer's work has focused on creating and testing psychological treatments delivered via technology, such as phone, online programs and apps. Jennifer is a member of the e-Mental Health in Practice team which is funded by the Australian Government to train health practitioners in the use of electronic mental health tools. Ruth and Jennifer discuss the evidence behind digital interventions for alcohol misuse, how clients can use and benefit from online resources, how practitioners can use digital mental health tools in their practice, how to get started with digital tools for alcohol misuse, and how to identify a client who might benefit from digital mental health resources. Digital Mental Health for Addictions Factsheet: to Health: Online: Track with The Right Mix: (Apple) (Android)Daybreak: Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline: Spirit, Strong Mind: Strong:
Introducing WellMob: Supporting First Nation Peoples Wellbeing Online
Aug 28 2021
Introducing WellMob: Supporting First Nation Peoples Wellbeing Online
In episode 5, Dr. Ruth Crowther speaks to David Edwards about the WellMob website, the role of digital mental health in supporting the health and wellbeing of First Nations people, and his journey to working in digital mental health.David Edwards is a Worimi man who grew up in Turrbal/Jagera country and now lives in the Bundjalung lands of northern NSW. David works under the national e-Mental Health in Practice from University of Sydney’s University for Rural Health in Lismore NSW as the co-director of the WellMob website program that provides a digital library of Aboriginal and Torres Strait specific wellbeing resources. David also works as Manager Resource Development for a national First Nations fathering program under the SMS4dads for the University of Newcastle. David also runs the ‘Eco-Connections’ consultancy business delivering ecological and cultural heritage services for community, NGOs and government allies that are culturally responsive to First Nations community needs and aspirations in looking after country, health, and wellbeing.Ruth and David discuss the WellMob website, how it came into being, why it was created, the types of resources included on the WellMob site, and how health practitioners, community workers, and consumers can utilise the site. David and Ruth also discuss the role of digital mental health resources in mental health care for First Nations Australia and how they hope to see this role evolve into the future.  WellMob: facebook: up for the WellMob newsletter here:
In Conversation with Professor Nick Titov: Digital Mental Health in the Australian Healthcare System
Jun 26 2021
In Conversation with Professor Nick Titov: Digital Mental Health in the Australian Healthcare System
In episode 3 we speak to Professor Nick Titov about his work in digital mental health and digital mental health in the Australian Healthcare system.Nick Titov is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University. His work focuses on the development and delivery of digital psychological treatments. He has been involved in more than 90 clinical trials of psychological interventions involving more than 10,000 people across four countries and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers.Nick is also Executive Director of both the MindSpot and PORTS’ Clinics. Together, these clinics employ more than 60 mental health professionals and serve more than 30,000 people per year. His research and clinical services have attracted more than $80M in funding. In this episode Ruth and Nick discuss his work in the digital mental health sector, sharing insight into the MindSpot Clinic, PORTS Clinic and MindSpot Academy. They discuss the role of digital mental health in the Australian Healthcare System, how COVID-19 has changed health care provision, and address a few common concerns therapist have with integrating digital mental health into practice. Nick also shares some lessons he has learned and some tips for practitioners wanting to start using digital mental health in their practice. MindSpot Clinic: Academy: Clinic: Nick Titov with and questions at: nict.titov@mq.edu.au