UPCOMING CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NHMRC-beyondblue Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), in partnership with beyondblue: the national depression initiative, is offering a TRIP Fellowship for a future clinical leader in the uptake of evidence into clinical practice for depression and related disorders in the perinatal period. The perinatal period (including pregnancy and the following year) is a time of great change in a woman’s life, and it is common for women to experience a wide range of emotions. For many women, feelings of worry and stress resolve by themselves, but in some women, pregnancy and early parenthood can trigger symptoms of more serious mental health problems. The likelihood is greater for women who have previously had mental health problems, women who do not have enough support, or women who have been through difficult times (e.g. family problems, abuse or loss). For women who feel isolated either by distance, culture, or both, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the likelihood may be even greater. However, there is evidence available from the research conducted to-date that can improve the care and support for women with depression and related disorders in the perinatal period. The NHMRC-beyondblue Fellowship provides an opportunity for an early career health professional to improve the translation of research findings into clinical practice for the management of depression and related disorders in the perinatal period, to improve care and outcomes. The successful candidate will undertake an implementation research project and will have access to training, mentoring and support to become a leader in evidence uptake. Project proposals should identify and address a current important evidence-practice gap in the primary care sector in relation to the assessment and treatment of mental health conditions in the perinatal period. Specifically, the evaluation of the: • feasibility and acceptability for the use of the Edinburg Postnatal Depression Scale by the primary health care system; • effectiveness of the Edinburg Postnatal Depression Scale in assisting primary health care professionals to identify women/families at risk; and • effectiveness of the use of the psychosocial assessment questions, as outlined in the beyondblue draft Clinical Practice Guidelines for Depression and Related Disorders (Anxiety, Bipolar and Puerperal Psychosis) in the Perinatal Period, in increasing help-seeking behaviours and overcoming barriers (consumer and health professional) to effective care. For more information on the eligibility and assessment criteria for the 2011 TRIP Fellowships, and to download application forms please visit the NHMRC website early in 2011 and/or please subscribe to the NHMRC Tracker for timely updates at: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au For examples of current Fellowship projects please see http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/nics/programs/leadership/fellowships2009.htm. Information teleconferences about the TRIP Fellowship will be held in February 2011. Applications Please check the NHMRC website for times and details of registration and/or please open: subscribe to the NHMRC Tracker for timely updates at: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au 1 February 2011 The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research. beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. Established in 2000, beyondblue is a bipartisan initiative of all Australian, State and Territory Governments with the key goals of raising community awareness about depression and anxiety and reducing associated stigma. beyondblue works in partnership with health services, schools, workplaces, universities, media and community organisations, as well as people living with depression and anxiety, to bring together their expertise. More information about beyondblue is available at www.beyondblue.org.au.
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