Research Projects

Research - Building KnowledgeThe BEST-MOOD evidence-based program

This intervention is a group for families where a young person has signs or a diagnosis of depression – the group was evaluated in a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. The trial was led by Deakin University in partnership with drummond street services and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre/Eastern Health and, and was supported by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Drug Foundation and beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative. The research is being used to evaluate the outcomes of the program and improve the model.

Chilled – a family based intervention

drummond street is currently partnering again with Deakin University School of Psychology, in a pilot project called ‘Chilled’. It is a family intervention for families with a child aged 3-11 years who shows signs of prolonged sadness, seem worried more than usual and may have other behavioural or emotional concerns.

Family Dispute Resolution Outcome Measurement Trial 2016 – 2017

With funding from the Department of Social Services and the Attorney General’s Department, CFRE has been working since July 2016 with the Victorian Partnership of Family Relationship Centres (VPFRC). This project has been to develop and implement an Outcome Evaluation Framework and outcome measures for Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) services, with a view to national roll-out and long-term sector outcome measurement. FDR services are embedded in the complex Family Law service system, and FDR processes and outcomes have implications not only for the families they service, but the complex social issues and systems they sit within.

Published articles

Articles and Publications

Poole, L., Lewis, A., Pryor, R., Bertino, M.D., Knight, T. and Toumbourou, J. (2016). A Family-Based Approach to Adolescent Depression: the BEST-MOOD Program. Family Process.

Field, K Just Families: 9 years on A Multi-Risk Prevention/Early Intervention Program targeting the Transition to Parenthood and Family Violence, Children and Families in Focus From Inquiry to Action 2: Research, 2016 Policy and Practice 17-24.

Colucci, E., O’Connor, M., Field, K., Baroni, A., Pryor, R. et Minas, H. (2013). Nature of domestic/family violence and barriers to using services among Indian immigrant women. Alterstice, 3(2), 9-26.

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Lewis A, Pryor R, Bertino MD, Toumbourou J, Knight T: Behaviour exchange systems training: mood version – treatment manual. In Behavior Exchange Systems Training: Mood Version – Treatment Manual. Melbourne; 2012.Unpublished manuscript.

Galea, A., Toumbourou, J.W., Bertino, M., Pryor, R., Field, K. (submitted 2011) The Mental health impact of family relationship services: A systemic literature review. Family Matters.

Field, K and Pryor, R: A public health approach to practice and programs promoting family wellbeing: A whole-of-agency model. Family Relationships Quarterly Newsletter No. 15, 2010. Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse. Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies ISSN 1833-9077 (Online)

Pryor A, Townsend M, Maller C, Field K: Health and well-being naturally: ‘contact with nature’ in health promotion for targeted individuals, communities and populations. Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 2006 Aug;17(2):114-23 PMID: 16916314

Robinson, E and Pryor, R. Strong Bonds Project: promoting Family-aware Youth Work Practice [online]. Developing practice: The Child, Youth and Family work journal; Issue 15; Autumn 2006; 28-35

Burns J and Field K: ‘beyondblue: the national depression initiative’: Targeting depression in young people. Youth Studies Australia v.21, n.2, June 2002, pp.43-51

Chapters

Colucci, E. and Pryor, R: Section 5: Gender and Equality – Chapter 27: “Violence against Women”. In Essentials of Global Mental Health. Editor Okpaku, S. Cambridge Medicine. (2014)

Field K, Highet N and Robinson E: beyondblue – the National Depression Initiative: preventing depression in the workplace. In Mental Health and Work: Issues and Perspectives. Edited by Morrow L, Verins I and Willis E. Adelaide, Ausinet: The Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (2002).

Research Reports

Toumbourou, J., Hartman, D., Field, K., Jeffery, R., Brady, J., Heaton, A., Ghayour-Minaie, M., and Heerde, J. (2017) Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future. Deakin University and FRSA.

Building the Evidence Base of Risk and Protective Factors for Depression and Anxiety Within the LGBTQ Community. (2011). Chief Investigator: Karen Field, Authors: Nat Lysenko, Reima Pryor, Rachel Leung, Karen Field, Professor John Toumbourou. Produced by drummond street services under beyondblue’s Centre of Excellence 2011 Grant Round.

Just Families – Prevention and Early Intervention study reducing violence against women and children in couples Transitioning to Parenthood: a multi-risk intervention. Final report to William Buckland Foundation. drummond street services 2010.

Government Submissions, reports

Royal Commission into Family Violence (2015) Submissions

  1. Prevention and Early Intervention for Reducing Violence Against women and Children – drummond street services.
  2. Family Violence and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer community – drummond street services and Victorian Aids council Submission.

Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to child Sexual Abuse – Towards Redress Submission 2015. drummond street services.

Victorian State Government – Vulnerable Children Inquiry: drummond street services. 2011

Federal Government Higher Education Review: drummond street services: Status of African New Zealand Citizen Refugee Humanitarians Entrants Immigrating to Australia. 2007

Government funded research

Policy Research Project- Policy Paper 1. Queer Families and the Child Support System, Access and Awareness, (2010). This paper was one of five to be prepared by Reima Pryor and others from drummond street services for the Family & Child Support Policy Branch of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under its Child Support Policy – Community Strategy.

Policy Research Project- Policy Paper 2. How the Child Support System works for Stepfamilies, (2011). This paper was one of five to be prepared by Reima Pryor and others from drummond street services for the Family & Child Support Policy Branch of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under its Child Support Policy – Community Strategy.

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Policy Research Project- Policy Paper 3. Young Adult Children and the child Support System, (2011). This paper was one of five to be prepared by Reima Pryor and others from drummond street services for the Family & Child Support Policy Branch of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under its Child Support Policy – Community Strategy.

Policy Research Project- Policy Paper 4. Pathway to Support- the Child Support Agency and Vulnerable Families, (2012). This paper was one of five to be prepared by Reima Pryor and others from drummond street services for the Family & Child Support Policy Branch of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under its Child Support Policy – Community Strategy.

Policy Research Project- Policy Paper 5. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Families’ Experience of the Child Support System,(2012). This paper was one of five to be prepared by Reima Pryor, Jessice Black and others from drummond street services for the Family & Child Support Policy Branch of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under its Child Support Policy – Community Strategy.

Examples of Acknowledgments

Lewis, A. Bertino, M.D., Skewes, J., Shand, L., Borojevic, N., Knight, T., Lubman, D.I., and Toumbourou, J. (2012). Adolescent depressive disorders and family based interventions in the family options multicenter evaluation: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 2013, 14:384. © 2013 Lewis et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/14/1/384

Robinson, E., Rodgers, B. and Butterworth, P. (2008). Family relationships and mental illness: Impacts and service responses. AFRC Issues No. 4. Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, June 2008.
https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/family-relationships-and-mental-illness-impacts-and-service

Robinson, G.,and Tyler, W (2008). Ngaripirliga’ajirri: The implementation of Exploring Together on the Tiwi Islands. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health (AeJAMH), Volume 7, Issue 1, 2008 ISSN: 1446-7984.
http://www.lowitja.org.au/sites/default/files/docs/Ngaripirligaajirri.pdf