Austin Health - MumSpace (digital hub for mums with depression and anxiety)
MumSpace is a digital hub for mums with depression and anxiety. It provides a one-stop-shop of resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of pregnant women, new mums and their families.
Since its launch in 2017, MumSpace has attracted 35,000 visits. In particular, the MumMoodBooster online treatment programs for people with more severe symptoms have been shown to be as effective in the real-world setting as in clinical trials. This is a significant accomplishment for Australian mental health research translation.
MumSpace grew from the need to integrate accessible services using digital resources to reduce the fragmentation of Victoria's perinatal health system. It was implemented after a 12-month period of planning user testing and feedback from consumers and practitioners at the centre of development.
MumSpace has delivered outstanding results, improving access to care and empowering women to manage their own mental health, delivering patient satisfaction and positively impacting health and wellbeing outcomes. Most importantly, the online treatment programs are proving highly effective at reducing depressive symptoms.
MumSpace is bringing more people closer to the care they need and providing an outstanding model of care, empowering women to manage their own mental health.
Austin Health - Optimising patient outcomes in hypogonadism
In an Australian-first, Austin Health established two unique integrated endocrinology clinics to address research,diagnostic and service gaps for patients with hypogonadism. This is primarily as a result of hormone treatment for prostrate or breast cancer. While hormone treatment is accepted practice for cancer care, side effects can cause other conditions that impact on mortality, more so than the cancer itself.
This work has addressed significant knowledge and treatment gaps, and reduced the impact of inappropriate and potentially dangerous treatments.
It has enabled clinical research, better care and the development of new evidence-based clinical guidelines that have had a global impact.
Improving the management of paracetamol overdose (Austin Health/Monash Health)
Paracetamol is a commonly used medication that is generally considered safe at recommended doses - but paracetamol overdose is the world’s most common drug overdose. Untreated, it can lead to acute liver failure and death.
This study at Austin Health, in partnership with Monash Health, reduced the adverse effects associated with the antidote, as well as testing a shorter 12-hour treatment compared with the standard 20-hour treatment.
The results are ground-breaking and have translated into a change in clinical practice that had been in place for 40 years.
The simplified dosing regime has been adopted in Australia and internationally, resulting in shorter hospital stays, improved patient experiences and release of valuable hospital resources.