Journal article

Considerations for assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in Australia

Eric J Tan, Denny Meyer, Erica Neill, Andrea Phillipou, Wei Lin Toh, Tamsyn E Van Rheenen, Susan L Rossell

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


During this unprecedented novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there is an urgent need for empirical data to characterise its impact on the mental health and well-being of Australians. In this viewpoint, we outline a number of considerations for research on this topic, highlighting areas necessitating special attention, consideration of particular vulnerable groups and the need for longitudinal studies to track mental health fluctuations in the general population. We conclude by introducing the COLLATE (COvid-19 and you: mentaL heaLth in AusTralia now survEy) project, outlining its aims, addressing some considerations raised herein and detailing avenues for future research. Since the World..

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Awarded by National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: E.J.T. and T.E.V.R. are in receipt of Early Career (GNT1142424 and GNT10 88785) and S.L.R. in receipt of Senior Research (GNT1154651) fellowships from the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC). A.P. and W.L.T. are supported by NHMRC Project Grants (CIA-GNT1159953 and CIA-GNT1161609, respectively).