Yarn it up about mental health

Surveys Temporarily Suspended

Due to the unprecedented and rapid progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Staying Deadly team have decided to temporarily suspend survey activities immediately, including all survey participation and any promotion in health services and community events.

The Staying Deadly Survey will be temporarily suspended until it is once again safe and suitable for community members to participate.

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The risk factors and distribution of mental and substance use disorders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders and access to services for these disorders have not been firmly established by rigorous research. As a result, policy makers and administrators are unable to adequately identify and address deficiencies or gaps in the service system to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. To address this, the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) has established a population based survey for adult Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders in South East Queensland to determine mental health prevalence, the services that are currently being accessed and their effectiveness, as well as barriers to care. The project is called the Staying Deadly Survey (Queensland Urban Indigenous Mental Health Survey, QUIMHS), and is a collaboration between the Department of Health, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (WMHHS), the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and its member services. There will be two phases to the project:
  1. Pilot Survey

The Pilot Survey was completed with 42 participants who were patients of Deception Bay and Margate MATSICHS Aboriginal Medical Services. The Pilot Survey allowed the project team to test the survey methods and materials to ensure they are suitable for the target population, and to collect community feedback on the acceptability of such a survey. The learnings from the Pilot Survey informed planning and development of the Main Survey.

  1. Main Survey

The Main Survey will be completed by over 1500 participants across the Capalaba, Ipswich, Caboolture and greater Logan regions of South East Queensland. The aim of the Main Survey is to get reliable rates and information relating to mental health, service use and barriers to care. Participants will be interviewed once by a survey interviewer. All interviewers will be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. This project is being funded by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Branch (Department of Health) and has received ethics approval from the Townsville based Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and the University of Queensland.