Our research

ACACIA works together with ACT consumers and carers to conduct research on the issues which are most important to the ACT consumer and carer community.

Read about ACACIA’s research projects:

The 2013 Consumer and Carer Mental Health Research priority-setting forum

In this one-day forum, consumers and carers developed and prioritised ideas for ACACIA's research agenda and suggested methods for effective active involvement in the research process. Trauma-informed care, peer work and recovery were key areas of interest for research and participants were interested in face-to-face research and mentoring of non-academic researchers on quality participatory research.

Final Report

The final report can be found here ACACIA 2013 Forum Report (2.6MB, PDF)

Evaluation of the ACT Partners in Recovery Program

Stage 1 of this project, completed in 2014, consisted of the development of an evaluation framework for the Partners in Recovery Program implemented by the Capital Health Network (previously ACT Medicare Local.) The framework was designed to focus on local processes and outcomes and was developed in consultation with consumers and carers. The implementation of the evaluation commenced in 2015 and was completed in September 2016. The project found that PIR had positive effects on consumers' quality of life, recovery and social inclusion and that Support Facilitators were key to the program's success.

For more information visit the Partners in Recovery Program page.

Final Report

ACT Partners in Recovery Program, Evaluation Framework (PDF, 618KB)

Whose story is it?

This project commenced in 2015 with a half-day forum on ethical issues in mental health research, with a particular focus on carer involvement in research. The second part of the project, conducted in 2016, comprised individual interviews with consumers and carers, along with a survey of researchers who have involved carers in their work. The objective is to develop guidelines from the perspective of consumers and carers on the ethical considerations for mental health consumer and carer research.

Perceptions of recovery

Due to commence in the second half of 2017, this project will explore current consumer views on recovery in mental health, with a particular focus on how the concept fits with service delivery and the NDIS.