Gareth Furber

Gareth Furber
Flinders University · Health, Counselling and Disability Services

PhD (Clinical Psychology)

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Introduction
Howdy! I am a psychologist working at Flinders University in South Australia. I write, teach and develop programs on the topics of mental health and productivity to assist students in getting the most out of their university degree.

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BACKGROUND A growing literature supports the use of Internet-based interventions to improve mental health outcomes. However, most programs target specific symptoms or participant groups, and are not tailored to facilitate improvements in mental health and wellbeing, or do not allow for needs and preferences of individual participants. The Be Well P...
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Background: A growing literature supports the use of internet-based interventions to improve mental health outcomes. However, most programs target specific symptoms or participant groups and are not tailored to facilitate improvements in mental health and well-being or do not allow for needs and preferences of individual participants. The Be Well...
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Replicating or distilling information from psychological interventions reported in the scientific literature is hindered by inadequate reporting, despite the existence of various methodologies to guide study reporting and intervention development. This article provides an in-depth explanation of the scientific development process for a mental healt...
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BACKGROUND During COVID-19, the mental health of the general population has been precarious, making it pivotal to determine the impact of complementary internet-based psychological interventions on psychological distress and mental wellbeing. Both types of outcomes represent distinct dimensions of our mental health and congruent changes in outcomes...
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Background: During COVID-19, the psychological distress and wellbeing of the general population has been precarious, increasing the need to determine the impact of complementary internet-based psychological interventions on both positive mental health as well as distress states. Psychological distress and mental wellbeing represent distinct dimens...
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Objective To provide outcome benchmarks for evaluating student psychologist‐led training clinics providing outpatient adult cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for high prevalence disorders, and illustrate their application to the evaluation of a South Australian community mental health‐based psychology training clinic: The Centre for Treatment of An...
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Background: High-quality mental health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families can improve outcomes for children exposed to early trauma. We sought to estimate the workforce needed to deliver tertiary-level community mental health care to all infants, children, adolescents, and their families in need using a generalisable m...
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A previous review on the prevalence of psychopathology in siblings of children with mental health problems (MHPs) suggested that these siblings are at increased risk of a broad range of psychopathologies. No disorder-specific risk could be identified. It may be that a different approach to understanding mental health is needed. The following paper...
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Aim: This study sought to understand the perspectives of young people (12–25 years) with experience of mental health services on what makes for youth-friendly mental health services. Method: A purposive strategy was used to recruit 32 young people aged 12–25 years with diverse backgrounds, through mental health and youth services. Six semi-structur...
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Objectives: The study aim was to estimate the current level of ambulatory mental health service delivery to young people aged 0-24 years in Australia and associated government expenditure. Recognising the importance of the early years for the development of mental illness and socioeconomic outcomes, we were particularly interested in service acces...
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Policy Points • The developmental origins understanding of mental illness suggests the possibility of prevention, through addressing childhood adversities. • More than 43% of Indigenous Australian children aged 6 to 10 years have 6 or more risk factors for mental illness in adulthood, and 23% are experiencing current psychological distress. • Subs...
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Objective: Acne vulgaris is a dynamic, complex condition that is notoriously difficult to evaluate. The authors set out to critically evaluate currently available measures of acne severity, particularly in terms of suitability for use in clinical trials. Design: A systematic review was conducted to identify methods used to measure acne severity,...
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Objectives: The prevention of mental illness involves identifying and modifying those characteristics and exposures of an individual that threaten their mental health - commonly referred to as risk factors. Existing categorisations of risk factors for mental illness are either limited in their scope or oversimplified in their description. As part...
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Objective: To estimate the prevalence of children in the Australian population with risk factors for adult mental illness. Method: Key risk factors and risk domains were identified from a 2013 review of longitudinal studies on child and adolescent determinants of adult mental illness. Data items were identified from the Longitudinal Study of Aus...
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While it is well recognized that family relationships have a significant impact on child mental health and vice versa, little research has examined the impact of living with a child with mental health problems (MHPs) on family relationships for their siblings. This report aims to synthesize the existing literature and comment on the current state o...
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Few cost-utility studies of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) use quality adjusted life years (a combination of utility weights and time in health state) as the outcome to enable comparison across disparate programs and modalities. Part of the solution to this problem involves embedding preference-based health-related quality of l...
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Background: Siblings of children with mental health problems (MHPs) have been found to have higher rates of psychopathology and impaired psychosocial functioning compared to control children. It is not yet known how these siblings are managed within the clinical service context (e.g. are they assessed for mental health problems? Do they receive ap...
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Background Mental illness is prevalent across the globe and affects multiple aspects of life. Despite advances in treatment, there is little evidence that prevalence rates of mental illness are falling. While the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancers are common in the policy dialogue and in service delivery, the prevention of mental illn...
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In Australia there is an overwhelming need to provide effective treatment to patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) in mental health crisis. We adapted Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service model (IAPT) from the National Health Service (NHS) method for the large scale delivery of psychological therapies throughout the Un...
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Qualitative metasynthesis is an interpretive integration of primary qualitative research. It is a relatively new research methodology with questions remaining about utility, validity, and qualitative philosophical integrity. The aim of this article is to present an example of qualitative metasynthesis and to explore the utility, interpretive value,...
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In this case report we describe the development and early trialling of an iPad application replicating the Kessler 10' (K10'), a widely used brief measure of psychological distress. The application was the result of a collaboration between a youth mental health outreach service (Youthlink), a private application developer (Enabled) and local health...
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Background: Few studies have tested whether individually tailored text messaging interventions have an effect on clinical outcomes when used to supplement traditional psychotherapy. This is despite the potential to improve outcomes through symptom monitoring, prompts for between-session activities, and psychoeducation. Objective: The intent of t...
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Mental health problems (MHPs) can have a significant impact on the individual, family system, and other family members. Developmental psychopathology literature suggests that family members may be at risk of psychopathology due to sharing genetic and family environment risk factors with the individual with MHPs. Socio-ecological, family systems, an...
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To describe the implementation of an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service at Flinders Medical Centre emergency department (IAPT@Flinders). IAPT, a population-based model of guided self-help for anxiety and depression delivered mainly by phone, was rolled-out nationally in the UK in 2010. There is a growing body of evidence dem...
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While the importance of looking at the entire family system in the context of child and adolescent mental health is well recognised, siblings of children with mental health problems (MHPs) are often overlooked. The existing literature on the mental health of these siblings needs to be reviewed. A systematic search located publications from 1990 to...
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Quality of life mapping methods such as "Transfer to Utility" can be used to translate scores on disease-specific measures to utility values, when traditional utility measurement methods (e.g. standard gamble, time trade-off, preference-based multi-attribute instruments) have not been used. The aim of this study was to generate preliminary ordinary...
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Parallel Parent and Child Therapy (PPACT) is an attachment-based therapy for mother-child dyads in which there is significant relationship breakdown and histories of relational trauma. Research on PPACT has focused on its application with high risk mother-child dyads where the child presents with disturbed behaviors and where there are multiple ris...
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While the importance of looking at the entire family system in the context of child mental health has been well-recognised and researched, siblings of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBDs) are often overlooked and are not yet well-understood. This systematic review aims to address this gap by synthesising existing literature o...
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Ngartunna Patpangga is a child and adolescent mental health service for the Aboriginal community of southern metropolitan Adelaide. It is a part of the local community-based Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), but has been modified to meet the needs of the local Aboriginal community as a result of consultations with members of that...
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Treatment options are limited for families in which the child has severe and intractable disturbances of emotion and behavior, in which there is suspected or confirmed maltreatment by the mother, and in which the mother has her own history of childhood neglect and abuse. This paper proposes a model for understanding maltreatment in mother-child dya...
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Specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) must make decisions about what treatments to provide to whom, when, where and how, within limited budgets. This raises questions about how services make such decisions, to best meet the mental health needs of their catchment. The methods and practices of Health Economics, a field with c...
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The purpose of this study was to benchmark the cost efficiency of community care across six child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) drawn from different Australian states. Organizational, contact and outcome data from the National Mental Health Benchmarking Project (NMHBP) data-sets were used to calculate cost per "treatment hour" and c...
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Mobile phones play a central role in the lives of young people and are being increasingly recognized as valuable tools in health care. However, there is a paucity of studies exploring the use of mobile phones in youth outreach mental health services. Our outreach team's experience is that enabling youth to access their therapist directly through mo...
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Rural families can find it difficult to access mental health treatment for children's conduct problems. The current program was designed to provide immediate assistance to families who faced extended waiting times in the south-eastern region of South Australia. In this collaborative project, a primary care professional delivered a telephone-guided...
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Background: The paediatric bipolar disorder (PBD) hypothesis arose in the USA and proposes childhood onset and high rates of prevalence. Method: Child and adolescent psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand were surveyed about the PBD hypothesis. Results: Sixty percent responded (N = 199) and most (53%) reported never having diagnosed pre-puberta...
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This case study explores Parent and Child Therapy (PACT), an attachment-based intervention for mothers and children experiencing intractable relationship distress originally developed by Heather Chambers (a Child Psychotherapist and Family Therapist working in New Zealand). We describe the use of PACT with a mother–child dyad presenting a history o...
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A previous case-series evaluation of a six-session guided self-help (GSH) approach with 15 people with bulimia nervosa (BN) showed significant reductions across all measures, including binge eating, self-induced vomiting, weight concern, shape concern and dietary restraint. However, the reduction of binge eating and self-induced vomiting was inferi...

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Health care systems across the globe are rapidly changing. However, whether these changes have kept pace with the needs of health consumers remains uncertain. A team of researchers at the University of South Australia are currently exploring the expectations and experiences of health consumers in order to better understand (i) the health care needs of health consumers, (ii) how responsive the health system is to health consumer needs, and (iii) identify areas where health systems could improve to better serve consumer needs. If you are (1) over the age of 18 years, (2) have used a health care service or received any health intervention within the last 12 months, (3) live in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom or United States of America, (4) have internet access, and (5) are able to read and understand the English language, we invite you to participate in this important survey. The survey will only take around 20 minutes to complete. In appreciation for the time you gave to complete the survey, you will be invited to enter a draw to win one of 10 x $50 Visa Cards. Further information about the study can be found on the CONVERSATIONS website, at www.conversations-project.info. Alternatively, you can start the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CONVERSATIONS-2016