Building a National Clinical Trials Network in child and youth mental health: Growing Minds Australia

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Hawes, David J
Dadds, Mark R
Tully, Lucy A
Northam, Jaimie C
Tzoumakis, Stacy
Shanley, Dianne C
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Many fields of medicine have benefitted from the formation of clinical trials networks, whereby researchers come together on a large scale to identify high-priority questions and implement coordinated clinical trials. Clinical trials networks in the field of mental health, however, have been rare and largely absent from the Australian context. Here, we present an overview of the newly formed Growing Minds Australia Clinical Trials Network, which represents the first comprehensive clinical trials network in child and youth mental health in Australia. The 60 principal members of the Growing Minds Australia Clinical Trials Network represent teams across 19 diverse areas related to specific forms of psychopathology (e.g. internalising, externalising, neurodevelopmental disorders, early psychosis, substance use), specific research methods and processes (e.g. health economics, eHealth, implementation science) and specialised areas of practice (e.g. school-based systems, parenting interventions, Indigenous mental health, refugee families). Core functions of the Growing Minds Australia Clinical Trials Network include collaborative trial protocol development; peer review, prioritisation and endorsement of proposed trials; training; development of clinical guidelines; and consumer representation. The research by the clinical trials network will encompass the populations typically accessing youth mental health services, while placing a key emphasis on the early periods of life, and the role of parents and caregivers as critical partners in the co-design of research and the delivery of intervention and prevention strategies. The structures and processes built into the network are designed to coordinate collaboration between diverse stakeholders and ensure that provisions for translation are integrated into research from the outset. In this paper, we examine the potential for a dedicated clinical trials network to initiate fundamental improvement in child and youth mental health systems, and discuss the unique and complex challenges associated with establishing such an initiative.

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Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
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Hawes, DJ; Dadds, MR; Tully, LA; Northam, JC, Building a National Clinical Trials Network in child and youth mental health: Growing Minds Australia, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2022. Copyright 2022 The Authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Hawes, DJ; Dadds, MR; Tully, LA; Northam, JC, Building a National Clinical Trials Network in child and youth mental health: Growing Minds Australia, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
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