PsychMed is committed to the delivery of evidence-based treatment programs, which are empirically supported by international research. Many of our senior psychologists have been active contributors to research and education, in addition to their clinical roles. We have teaching and research links with psychology departments at a number of universities, including the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. Recently the Commonwealth Government through APHN recognised PsychMed as a South Australian key provider of severe mental health services in trauma, suicide prevention services and community based drug and alcohol treatment. This support enabled the funding of three critically important programs targeting methamphetamine use, suicide attempting rates and a broad spectrum of trauma including domestic violence, sexual assault and war trauma. These Australian first programs were trialled over a 3-year period, and are now being evaluated in collaboration with AHPN and university-based research partners.
PsychMed has also recently been funded by the State Government to provide a structured cognitive behavioural therapy program for assisting South Australians with gambling problems. The services were delivered by highly trained clinical psychologists with expertise in cognitive behavioural therapy and the treatment of complex co-morbidities including depression, trauma, and alcohol and other drug use. The service also included the provision of support to people whose lives have been significantly impacted by the gambling problems of others. This program was part of a South Australian network of gambling help service providers who provide a range of complimentary services. This program is now being evaluated in collaboration with the state government and university-based research partners.