Providing accessible and effective treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders remains a challenge for the healthcare community. The Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2007) showed that about 20% of all adults meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety or depressive disorder. However less than half of these (about 40%) reported seeking treatment.
As a result, we formed the Virtual Clinic in 2007 to find ways to improve access to evidence based care.
The Virtual Clinic is part of the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD), and is where we conduct all research and clinical trials for internet based education, and treatment programs for anxiety and depression, and some physical health research.
Programs that have been evaluated in the Virtual Clinic are then made available to the public on our online education platform THIS WAY UP, and our in-person facility the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
We are regularly recruiting volunteers for studies at the Virtual Clinic. This is great way you can get involved and help us find better ways to treat anxiety and depression in our community.