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Orygen’s digital mental health platform arrives at NSW

The MOST platform has the optimization to get installed in eight mental health services across the state.

The New South Wales government has already invested A$1.5 million for bringing in the digital mental health platform. It will get installed in its eight mental health services. The installation will finish by 30 June next year.

MOST or the Moderated Online Social Therapy platform offers round-o-clock integrated face-to-face. It also offers online therapy, programs, and tools for young people with the age range of 15 -25. Also, it is especially helpful for people with mental health issues.

It comes with a network of peers and mental health clinicians that supports young patients. The clinicians can interact with patients using this platform. MOST also offers the users the ability to create their toolkit of strategies. It also helps them to access these strategies before, during, or after the sessions of the therapy.

Orygen launched it in July of 2020. Orygen is a non-profit research organization. One can use this digital platform with mobile phones, desktops, and tablets. MOST has piloted in Victoria. It also expanded there as part of the Covid community support response of the government.

Since the start of the pandemic, young Australians have to wait between 6-8 weeks before they can get an appointment with a psychologist at Headspace. Minister of Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said MOST would offer them instant access to specialist support. It will also help to alleviate some burdens that the mental health services are facing in the state.

The University of Sydney has received a A$3.4 million grant from the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies scheme. It has also helped them to try out a new model of care for young people who are facing mental health-related problems.

The Brain and Mind Centre of the university is collaborating with Orygen, the University of Notre Dame, and Deakin University. It will also help them to build a five-year Youth Model of Care trial. It will involve 1500 youth who are currently under treatment in mental health services.