Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak

Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak

Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak


Orygen is continuing to provide mental health care and support during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We acknowledge that the uncertainty brought about by COVID-19 can raise feelings of anxiety, distress and concern. Maintaining the mental health of young people remains our priority.

We are working to ensure we can continue to deliver high-quality care and world-class research while also ensuring the health and wellbeing of young people and their families, our staff and our supporters.

As of 19 March 2020 we have adopted the following approaches:

  • Orygen continues to deliver clinical services across its primary (headspace) and specialist platforms. Where possible, and appropriate, we are delivering this care by telephone and/or video. 
  • Group sessions at our primary care and specialist clinical services have been suspended – we are planning on moving as many of these online as we can. Information on how to access these will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
  • Recruitment to all interventional research studies has been suspended until further notice. Our priority is to support the young people who are already enrolled in our research studies.
  • All events and training has been postponed.
  • All non-clinical staff, except those who are directly supporting clinical staff, or providing front-of-house services such as medical records staff and receptionists are working from home.

We have put these arrangements in place to ensure we can continue to keep the work of Orygen running as optimally as possible while trying to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

We have also prepared information for young people, families and clinicians. Please use the links below to access this information.

ONLINE INNOVATION SUPPORTS THE MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG VICTORIANS

MOST (Moderated Online Social Therapy) is a digital mental health platform developed by Orygen researchers, which provides targeted, personalised therapy to young people who are experiencing mental ill-health, when and where they need it.

In April 2020, the Victorian Government, as part of its coronavirus mental health package, provided $6 million to Orygen to roll-out the MOST platform across state-funded child and adolescent youth mental health services and all Victorian headspace centres.

MOST was launched on 13 July, 2020 by the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley.

Learn more about MOST