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December 03, 2020 Thursday 01:49:02 PM IST

Macquarie Launches MindSpot Academy for Digital Mental Health Services

Macquarie Univer sity has launched the Mindspot Academy, one of the first of its kinds in the world- to deliver specialist training in digital mental health services (DMHS).

“If the sector is going to realise its potential, it needs a workforce so we have established the Academy,” according to Nick Titov, Professor of Psychology. “It will initially support psychology interns and recent graduates to go through a series of training programs and experiences to develop the skills for delivery of DMHS, and over the years we will broaden that out to other health professional groups.

“We’re really pleased to be able to do this. We have 15 people in the Academy at the moment, and the feedback from them has been tremendous.”

The MindSpot clinical services were used by 120,000 patients from across Australia in the past seven years since inception. Those who received treatment had a significant reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression that was sustained three months after treatment.