Hitting the target: Aiming to translate research into policy

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Government policies are going to facilitate or impede the transformation of a new generation of interventions for the treatment of mental ill-health in young people.Translating research into policy can sometimes feel like trying to hit a moving target. Hitting the target requires researchers breaking down barriers in our knowledge and evaluation of service systems to identify barriers and enablers for implementation. What is missing is a research and policy case for how early intervention programs can be developed, resourced and implemented. Orygen, The National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health has a history of developing successfully early interventions for young people. This record has led the Australian Government to commission Orygen to provide it with policy advice for youth mental health. The complexity of youth mental health makes developing a policy framework for early intervention models an interesting, but challenging task. The range of mental illnesses, the variety of contributing factors that may be present, the challenge in reaching youth, particularly at risk groups and those from non-English speaking backgrounds as well as socio-economic factors are indicative of the complex field. Limitations in available youth focused research evidence adds further complexity. In many areas an emerging consensus regarding best practice (especially the utilisation of online and mobile platforms) is the best policy and program direction available. In other areas more work is still needed. This year Orygen have published four policy papers in areas of youth mental health: eating disorders, self-harm, comorbid alcohol and other drug use and physical/sexual health. These papers have contributed to the policy foundation for an expansion of early intervention in youth mental health.

Poster First Author: 
David Baker
Conference Presented At: 
IAYMH 2015
Poster Date: 
October, 2015
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