Youth Digihealth


Flip the Clinic - the digital approach to mental health support

As the COVID-19 situation unfolds, now is the time to rethink how we do things, during this pandemic and beyond. What could a digital present and future look like for mental health?

As Australia’s mental healthcare system responds to rapidly changing conditions, the Brain and Mind Centre collaborated with Sydney Ideas to launch Flip the clinic – a digital approach to mental healthcare.The inaugural webinar, attended by 600 clinicians, healthcare providers and interested individuals across Australia, brought together 15 experts in mental health service delivery, mental health lived experience, clinicians, policy writers, researchers and providers.

The conversation continued with a second instalment in the DigiHealth series on #NoMoreWaitlists. This conversation with leading service funders and administrators, clinicians and system modelling experts explored how digiHealth solutions could lead to immediate efficiencies in mental health service delivery – and ultimately –  “no more waitlists”. 

The Flip the Clinic model of healthcare delivery considers future possibilities for digital health. Flipping the clinic to 80 per cent digital and 20 percent face to face presents a solution to the current coronavirus restrictions but it also presents an opportunity to improve the way we work. Research shows that access and early intervention are key factors in mental health outcomes. Moving forward, how can we create a mental healthcare system better equipped to support people and communities with access to the right interventions where, and when, they're needed most.

This is an evolving discussion and we will continue to host this exploration of digihealth from the perspectives of additional and diverse communities within the mental health sphere.

Please see below webinar details and resources for the three webinars in the series.

Catch up on Webinar 3 - DigiHealth

Catch up on Webinar 2 - #NoMoreWaitlists

Catch up on Webinar 1 - Flip the Clinic

Webinar 1 - Flip the Clinic panel and resources

Ian is Co-Director, Health and Policy at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. He is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow (2013-17 and 2018-22), having previously been one of the inaugural NHMRC Australian Fellows (2008-12). He is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry, with particular reference to medical aspects of common mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder in young people, early intervention, use of new and emerging technologies and suicide prevention.

John is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry, such as the LAMP (Learn Assess Manage and Prevent) platform to increase access to high-quality and evidence-based mental healthcare. He currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s work group on the evaluation of smartphone apps and is an advisor to the smartphone mood study within the NIH’s one million person All of Us research program.

Samuel is a mental health ambassador with lived experience of mental illness and suicidal thoughts. He currently resides in Sydney, but grew up on the NSW South Coast where he struggled to find the mental health support that he needed in his earlier years. He was a National Mental Health Commissioner and has been a youth lived experience representative on projects such as the Primary Health Network (PHN) Advisory Panel, and Suicide Prevention & Public Policy Modelling Project.

Frances has extensive experience in clinical research with people experiencing complex and comorbid mental ill-health issues including alcohol/ other drug use problems, with a specific focus on the development and clinical trial of computer- and Internet-delivered treatments for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/ other drug use problems.  

Julie has held numerous executive roles in complex health systems. She is highly regarded for her bold and innovative leadership style, adopting the use of technology-enabled solutions throughout the North Coast NSW PHN to ensure that all community members, particularly those in regional and rural areas, receive best care first time. 

Norman is a multi-award winning producer and broadcaster. Norman's career has been highlighted by his desire to keep the Australian public informed of health developments as they happen. This allows him to combine medical expertise with investigative reporting, clear analysis and the knowledge to report the latest research in health and medicine.

One of the first medically qualified journalists in Australia, Norman is highly regarded by the medical and health professions. Born in Scotland, he graduated in medicine from the University of Aberdeen and later obtained his postgraduate qualifications in Paediatrics in the United Kingdom.

  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Scott, St Vincents Private Hospital
  • Dr Peggy Brown, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Dr Michael Moore, CEO of Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network
  • Jason Trethowan, CEO of headspace National
  • Dr Michael Millard, Clinical Director at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression
  • Dr Angelo Virgona, Chair of NSW Branch – Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • Professor Pat Dudgeon, University of Western Australia
  • Professor John Mendoza, Director at ConNetica
  • Julius Ajayi, Mental Health Clinician
  • Dr Haley LaMonica, University of Sydney
  • Dr Sebastian Rosenberg, Australian National University and the University of Sydney
  • John Fenely, Director of Black Dog Institute

Produced by Sydney Ideas, this conversation was led by the Brain and Mind Centre, with special thanks to its research partners such as the Bupa Health Foundation and Future Generation Global.

Brain and Mind Centre Research Partners - Bupa Health Foundation and Future Generation Global