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Research

Are you interested in participating in research that will improve our knowledge of borderline personality disorder? Spectrum has an active research program that evaluates the effectiveness of treatment, explores the impact and management of disorders that co-occur with BPD, examines complexity in relationships and gives consumers, carers and clinicians a voice in the rapidly expanding field of personality disorder.


Volunteering to participate in research is a personal decision. We all need to carefully consider the risks and benefits before taking part. Find out the potential benefits and risks that might be applicable to you.


We have a range of projects that are currently recruiting. All of the projects that are listed here have been approved by the Eastern Health Human Research and Ethics Committee. The titles of these projects are listed below. Please check the information via the associated link in the first instance to familiarise yourself with each project’s purpose and requirements, then email the contact person named in the link if you would like further information. If you have any questions related to the purpose or carrying out of these studies, please contact the research team, at 8413 8750 or spectrum.research@easternhealth.org.au

 

Recognising and treating men who experience personality disorder

Eligibility criteria: Men who have received a diagnosis of personality disorder are invited to participate in an interview.  The study involves two 60-90 minutes video-conference interviews to discuss your experiences, share your ideas and provide feedback on a treatment program that will be developed using feedback collected in this study. 

How to participate: please contact Dr Lukas Cheney at 8413 8750 or spectrum.research@easternhealth.org.au

 

Consumer experience of receiving support and treatment for Personality Disorder (PD) from public mental health services.

The Personality Disorder Initiative (PDI) is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). This research project asks people with lived-experience of personality disorder to share their thoughts as to how public mental health could be improved to provide them with a better and more appropriate service response.   

Eligibility criteria: If you live in the State of Victoria, have a diagnosis of PD, and have accessed mental health support from any of these six public health services during the past 12 months:

  • Alfred Health
  • Monash Health
  • Melbourne Health (Northern Area Mental Health Service)
  • Barwon Health
  • Goulburn Valley Health
  • Forensicare

If this describes your situation, you may be eligible to participate in a 30-60min video-conference interview with a Spectrum researcher.

How to participate: please contact spectrum.research@easternhealth.org.au