Digital Disruption - Assessing Mental Health via Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a shift towards telehealth consultations for both patients and clinicians – many of whom are using telehealth for the first time. But what does this mean for clinical assessments, management of risk, and treatment for mental health?

In this Masterclass, UQ Experts will discuss how Telehealth is used for clinical work – exploring how clinicians can best communicate with patients in an online environment, how to support at risk clients with telemental health services and the ethical considerations for delivering e-mental health services.

Watch the masterclass and the subsequent discussion between our expert panel below.

Meet the Panel

  • Dr Matthew Bambling, Director of Post Graduate Mental Health Programs for the UQ Faculty of Medicine and a Fellow at UQ Centre for Online Health.
    • Matthew is a clinical psychologist who coordinates the Master of Mental Health. He is also a clinician working both in the face to face and online mediums. Matthew conducts research in mental health and online health. His main research focus is treatment resistant depression and is currently completing a large clinical trial which is a UQ and QUT combined project. His research involvement with the COH includes e-treatment approaches for addictions, weight management, trauma, and adolescent anxiety and mood problems.
  • Associate Professor Liam Caffery, Director of Telehealth Technology and Principal Research Fellow at UQ Centre for Online Health, Centre for Health Service Research.
    • Associate Professor Liam Caffery has a joint role as Liam’s research has focussed on practical trials of telehealth and resultantly he has considerable experience implementing telehealth in a broad range of contexts. Liam has a special interest in the use of telehealth for Indigenous health and rural health care delivery. He is executive member of the Australasian Telehealth Society and the International Teledermatology Society. He is also a  member of the Metro South Health Telehealth Advisory Group 
  • Dr Helen Haydon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Telehealth Consultant and Registered Psychologist, UQ Centre for Online Health.
    • Dr Hayden works across a range of projects that aim to increase access to health care through telehealth. Her projects aim to use technology to increase support for carers and people with dementia and life limiting illnesses.
  • Dr Sisira Edirippulige, Coordinator of Digital Health Teaching at the UQ Centre for Online Health.
    • He is responsible for designing, teaching and coordinating digital health/telehealth courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His research interests include the development, promotion and integration of digital health education in the Health care sector. He is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) and a member of the Australasian Society of Telehealth.


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