Experiences of Depression &
Recovery in Australia

Overview:

The Experiences of Depression and Recovery project established a unique partnership between Monash, Oxford and Melbourne Universities and beyondblue. The researchers conducted in-depth narrative interviews with 39 people from around Australia on their experiences of depression and recovery. Participants were men and women from varied backgrounds in terms of age, cultural and socio-economic background, and sexuality. Stories were video or audio-recorded then carefully analysed to create a public website designed to support people experiencing depression and those involved in their care. The website captures both overall findings from all interviews, as well as individual stories, illustrated by video, audio and written excerpts and  is currently available on our UK Partner site (see below).

Healthtalk Australia online resource:

Experiences of Depression and Recovery in Australia
(located on our UK partner site, healthtalk.org)

Funding Body:

Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP0990229) in partnership with beyondblue

Investigators:

Professor Renata Kokanovic
Lead Investigator, RMIT University (formerly Monash University)

Professor Sue Ziebland
Co Investigator, University of Oxford

Professor Jane Gunn
Co Investigator, University of Melbourne

Partner Investigator:

Dr Nicole Highet
beyondblue

Research Team:

Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic
Lead Investigator, Social Studies in Health and Medicine (SSHM) Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Kate Johnston-Ataata
Research Associate, SSHM Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts,Monash University

Nicholas Hill
Research Assistant, SSHM Research Program, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

Advisory Panel:

Sue Ziebland
Professor, Research Director, Health Experiences Research Group,  Oxford University

Lorraine Smith
Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney

John Furler
Senior Research Fellow, Department of General Practice,  University of Melbourne; General Practitioner

Caroline Johnson
General Practitioner

Jane Gunn
Professor, Head, Department of General Practice, University of  Melbourne; General Practitioner

Nicole Highet
Deputy CEO and Perinatal / Community Awareness Advisor, beyondblue

Huong Tran
Vietnamese Interpreter, North Richmond Community Health Centre

Halina Bluzer
Academic Services Co-ordinator, Royal Melbourne  Institute of Technology, School of Engineering (TAFE)

Paul Walshe
blueVoices representative