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Tandem conducts Research and Evaluation in areas that relate to mental health carers.

CORE project 
SMART project
Supported Decision Making Project


Background to the Creu

Current Projects

CORE project

Since 2012 Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) and Tandem have worked in partnership with the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne and other research partners on a project titled Getting to the CORE: testing a co-design technique to optimise psychosocial recovery outcomes for people affected by mental illness (called the CORE study). The CORE study is funded for four years (2013–2017) to trial an approach, based on the Mental Health Experience Co-Design Project, which brings together service users (consumers and carers) and mental health staff to identify areas for improvement (touch points) in community mental health services and implement changes. More

The use of online technology to enhance self-management and recovery in severe mental illness (SMART project)

This 4 year project is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Servicers and the Mental Illness Research Fund (MIRF) to develop online resources to enhance outcomes for people experiencing serious mental illness. The research program is being led by Swinburne University of Technology in conjunction with local experts in psychological interventions for severe mental illness, and key clinical and non-government mental health service providers.

The resulting SMART website  (Self-Management and Recovery Technology) helps people with psychosis. It has been created with the help of mental health workers, consumers and carers.


Options for Supported Decision Making to Enhance the Recovery of People with Severe Mental Health Problems (Supported Decision Making Project)

This joint Monash University and University of Melbourne Australian Research Council Linkage project is supported through partnership with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Mind Australia, Neami National, Tandem Carers, Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) and Wellways (formerly Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria).  The project is investigating the experiences of consumers, carers and health professional in relation to supported decision making. More



Past work of the Carers Research and Evaluation Unit (CREU) at Tandem