Program Development

Ongoing REVIEW, evaluation and innovation

As part of our ongoing aim of translating research into everyday practice, OHP is currently being offered for people suffering from a chronic illness such as diabetes, stroke survivors and their carers, and dialysis patients.

The next step for OHP is its development as a broader community based wellbeing program that can allow people from all walks of life to monitor, implement strategies and maintain their own wellbeing. 

OHP has the potential to have a significant impact on a personal and family level to build a stronger, healthier and more connected community.

New opportunities

We are discussing the use of OHP in the following areas:

  • Carers
  • Correctional health
  • Youth mental health
  • Community mental health services
  • International mental health services


We are exploring how to enhance access to OHP with internet technology:

  • Health service apps
  • Online training
  • Smart search aids

We recently conducted a forum on 18 March 2015 to explore ehealth literacy and explore new ways with technology and imagery to enhance engagement with our program.

Please view the images on this page created by Helen Wilding and take a few minutes to answer our survey by clicking on the link below.

Take our eHealth survey


We appreciate your time and comments which are really valuable to us as we creatively develop OHP. 


We are exploring how to enhance engagement and delivery of OHP through creative resources such as visual and audio tools.


Frameworks for Health (FFH), St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne (SVHM), has been dedicated to translating the Optimal Health Program (OHP) into the everyday clinical practice through program development, research and training.

The team was formerly known as the Collaborative Therapy Unit (CTU) based at the Mental Health Research Institute (MHRI). The team members were : Kamal Bekhazi, Catherine Bunton, David Castle, James Chamberlain, Kathleen Crowley, Monica Gilbert, Velma Ho, Brendan Pawsey, Amanda Tabone and Carolynne White. 

Funding was provided by Baker Foundation, Beyond Blue, Medical Benefits Foundation (MBF/BUPA). National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Eli Lilly, Alfred Felton, Australian Catholic University (ACU), Swinburne University (SU) and Research Endowment Fund (REF) SVHM. 

The recent revision of the OHP workbook in 2013 was under the auspice of FFH, SVHM; directed by Professor David Castle; coordinated and developed by Dr Gaye Moore; supported by FFH Steering Committee; designed by Liisa Vurma, Thick and Susan Mackie, de Bono Institute and a significant contribution by Marco De Ieso, Training Coordinator, Neami National.

The current FFH team would like to thank everyone who has collaborated in the development of OHP.