translating our research into practice

Frameworks for Health (FFH) is committed to creating translational research projects. OHP has developed and continues to develop through research to become a program for use in everyday practice. Our research is designed and conducted in partnership with public and private health services, non- government organisations and tertiary institutions.

FFH has been awarded research grants and funding in the development of OHP from: Baker Foundation, Beyond Blue, MBF/BUPA, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Eli Lilly, Alfred Felton, Research Endowment Fund (SVHM), Australian Catholic University (ACU), Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) and University of Melbourne (UoM).



translating research, integrated public health outcomes and delivery

TRIPOD is conducting a large scale research program to meet the needs of people with chronic illness and their carers, providing a wellbeing program, OHP, to facilitate long term improvements in health and wellbeing.

This project is supported through the Australian Government's Collaborative research Networks (CRN) program.

OHP Research call for Participants.

We are now offering the Optimal Health Program to community members. So if you are:

  • a person with diabetes
  • a stroke survivor and/or their carer
  • facing dialysis 

and interested in focusing on your wellbeing, then please talk to us.


Professor David Thompson, Associate Professor Chantal Ski, Professor Susan Rossell, Professor Nicola Lautenschlager, Associate Professor Robyn Langham, Dr Simon Knowles, Dr Arthur Hsueh, Dr Graeme Gonzales, Ms Casey O'Brien, Mr Emmet O'Flaherty, Ms Rachel Haselden.


optimal health: improving community health literacy and engagement with a psycho-social educational program

In collaboration with the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre and the Medical Education Unit, UoM this project will explore through the OHP the rapidly growing importance of health literacy, including eHealth literacy, with the ultimate aim of improving community engagement. This project will invite participants of our program to explore and build dialogue around the issues of health literacy. The project will consist of three forums that will explore:

  1. the barriers and enablers for engagement with OHP including consideration of mobile and social media use patterns,
  2. aims and objectives for using tools and technologies formulated from the first forum to increase engagement with OHP,
  3. an OHP action plan for revised initiatives - including user requirements and design specifications for future eHealth initiatives. 


Dr Kathleen Gray, Assoc Professor Robyn Woodward-Kron, Dr Kristine Elliott.


Recent oHP publications

Ski, Chantal F., Castle, David J., Lautenschlager, Nicola T., Moore, Gaye, & Thompson, David R. (2014). Caring for caregivers after a stroke. International Psychogeriatrics, FirstView, 1-4.

O'Brien, C. L., Moore, G., Rolley, J. X., Ski, C. F., Thompson, D. R., Lautenschlager, N. T., . . . Castle, D. (2014). Exploring health care providers' perceptions of the needs of stroke carers: informing development of an optimal health program. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 21(5), 421-431.

key publications that have informed the development of OHP

Gilbert, M. M., Chamberlain, J. A., White, C. R., Mayers, P. W., Pawsey, B., Liew, D., . . . Castle, D. J. (2012). Controlled clinical trial of a self-management program for people with mental illness in an adult mental health service - the Optimal Health Program (OHP). Australian Health Review, 36(1), 1-7.

Castle, David, White, Carolynne, Chamberlain, James, Berk, Michael, Berk, Lesley, Lauder, Sue, . . . Gilbert, Monica. (2010). Group-based psychosocial intervention for bipolar disorder: randomised controlled trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 196(5), 383-388.

Slade, Mike. (2010). Mental illness and well-being: the central importance of positive psychology and recovery approaches. BMC Health Services Research, 10(1), 26.

Tran, Nga, & Castle, David. (2012). Outcomes from a regular medication information programme for consumers with a mental illness. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(2), 143-147.

Organ, Bridget, Nicholson, Emma, & Castle, David. (2010). Implementing a Physical Health Strategy in a Mental Health Service. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(5), 456-459.

Gilbert, Monica, Miller, Kathryn, Berk, Lesley, Ho, Velma, & Castle, David. (2003). Scope for Psychosocial Treatments in Psychosis: An Overview of Collaborative Therapy. Australasian Psychiatry, 11(2), 220-224.