Research Evidence

Australia is an international leader in the development of digital mental health programs, with internet-based treatment programs, online information, phone and web-based support improving access for low-intensity treatment options for people experiencing mental health conditions. Many reputable Australian Institutions and organisations now provide useful and effective mental health online treatment programs and information. This expansion of online mental health resources has broadened the range of programs available to include different mental health conditions and specific and general populations.

This rapid expansion of resources has resulted in an increase in literature indicating their effectiveness. With the emphasis on evidence-based practice, this literature is important when considering integrating digital mental health into routine practice. Take a look at some of the key papers summarised below including those co-authored by our eMHPrac partners.

Evidence Resources

eMHPrac Partner Publications

  1. Sturk, H., Crowther, R. & Kavanagh D.J. (2019). Head to health: Practitioner views of the digital mental health gateway. Aust. J. Rural Health. 27:448-453.
  2. Batterham, P. J., Calear, A. L., O’Dea, B., Larsen, M. E., J Kavanagh, D., Titov, N., … Gorman, P. (2019). Stakeholder perspectives on evidence for digital mental health interventions: Implications for accreditation systems. Digital health, 5, 2055207619878069. doi:10.1177/2055207619878069
  3. Orman, J. (2018). e-Therapy in primary care mental health. Aust. J. General Practice, Vol. 4, No. 4, April.
  4. Orman, J. (2018) Try Psychological Therapy First for Mild Depression. The Medical Republic, 12 February.
  5. Orman, J. (2018). Stepped care and e-mental health tools. Integration into general practice. Medicine Today, Vol. 19, no. 7, July 2018.
  6. Orman, J. (2018). Mental Health is every doctor’s business. Medical Journal of Australia – Insight, 1 October 2018.
  7. Orman, J. in Machocha J. (2017). Book Chapter 15 e-Mental Health Programs and Interventions (pg. 223-237). Nurturing Young Minds: Mental Wellbeing in the Digital Age.
  8. Orman, J. (2017). E-mental Health for Psychological Distress in University Students: A narrative synthesis evidence and practice. International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, Volume 3, Issue 3, December, Special Edition: Mental Health 2017
  9. Bird, J., Rotumah, D., Bennett-Levy, J. & Singer, J., (2017). Publication diversity in e-mental health practice: an exploratory qualitative study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers. JMIR Mental Health, 4(2):e17.
  10. Bennett-Levy, J., Singer, J., DuBois, S., Hyde, K. (2017). Translating e-mental health in practice: What are the barriers and enablers to e-mental health implementation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals. JMIR, 19(1):e1 URL:
  11. Puszka, S.,Dingwall, K., Sweet, M., Nagel, T. (2016) e-Mental health innovations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: A qualitative study of implementation needs. 3(3):e43.
  12. Povey J., Patj Patj Janama Robert Mills, Dingwall K., Lowell A., Singer J., Rotumah D., Bennett-Levy J., Nagel, T. (2016). Acceptability of Mental Health Apps for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: A Qualitative Study. J Med Internet Res 2016;18(3):e65
  13. Singer, J., Bennett-Levy, J., & Rotumah, D., (2015). “You didn’t just consult community, you involved us”: Transformation of a ‘top down’ Aboriginal mental health project into a ‘bottom up’ community-driven process. Australasian Psychiatry, 23(6), 614–619.
  14. Reynolds, J., Griffiths, L., Cunningham, J.A., Bennet, K., Bennet, A. (2015). Clinical Practice Models for the Use of E-Mental Health Resources in Primary Health Care by Health Professionals and Peer Workers: A Conceptual Framework. Journal for Medical Internet Research JMIR Mental Health (23 March); 2(1):e6 Prog Report 4
  15. Dingwall, K.M, Puzska, S., Sweet, M. & Nagel, T. (2015). “Like Drawing Into Sand”: Acceptability, Feasibility, and Appropriateness of a New e-Mental Health resource for service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australian Psychologist. Vol. 50, (60-69)
  16. Dingwall, K.M., Puszka, S., Sweet, M., Mills, P.P.J.R. & Nagel, T. (2015). Evaluation of a culturally adapted training course in Indigenous e-Mental Health. Australasian Psychiatry Vol. 23 (6)