Low Intensity CBT Therapies in Australia

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract


    Background: Low-intensity psychological interventions
    focus on mild to moderate level depression and anxiety
    utilizing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles. It
    has evidence for its efficacy and effectiveness for mild to
    moderate depression and anxiety. In the United Kingdom,
    services providing this have become an integrated
    component of the mental health services.
    Objectives: Investigate the place of CBT in Australia.
    Methods: The place of CBT in the community was
    investigated by beyondblue (a program called NewAccess),
    in a pilot, the planning for which began in 2008. Its
    adaptation for the emergency department (ED) setting was
    investigated in the busiest ED in Australia (Improving Access
    to Psychological Therapies – The IAPT@Flinders Service).
    A new workforce within the mental health services was
    created and trained to achieve this.
    Findings: Low-intensity approaches had significant
    benefits in the Australian community setting and for
    patients presenting to the emergency department.
    Conclusions: The benefits of the NewAccess approach
    have led the Commonwealth Government to fund each
    Australian Primary Healthcare Network to provide lowintensity therapy based on the model. The state government
    has funded the continuation of the IAPT@Flinders Service
    based on its effectiveness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)39-40
    Number of pages2
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
    Issue numberS1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017
    EventRANZCP 2017 Congress, 'Speaking our minds. Telling our stories' -
    Duration: 30 Apr 2017 → …


    • cognitive behavioural therapy
    • psychological interventions
    • depression
    • anxiety


    Dive into the research topics of 'Low Intensity CBT Therapies in Australia'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this