ACCESS Open Minds: Transforming youth mental health in Canada (June 2018)

ACCESS Open Minds is a national research and evaluation network that marks a major Canadian innovation in youth mental health service design, delivery, evaluation, and research.

Through 14 services sites located in six provinces and one territory using a common research and evaluation program co-developed with, youth, families/carers, and service providers, this project aims to generate new knowledge about youth mental health services in diverse contexts across Canada to ensure that Canadian youth receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place

This webinar will help clinicians, service commissioners and managers to understand the ACCESS project, and apply similar principles to the Australian context.

Information in this webinar is current as of June, 2018.

Who is this webinar for?

This webinar is for any health professional or researcher interested in service reform, healthcare evaluation, research or youth partnerships in primary or tertiary health services.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • The rationale behind major service reform evaluation in Canada
  • The key aims of the ACCESS project
  • Major outcomes and key lessons from the project so far


Dr Ashok Malla

Dr Ashok Malla is a Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University in Canada, with an adjunct appointment in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He has founded two leading Prevention and Early intervention Programs for Psychoses (PEPP) in Montréal and London, Ontario and, more recently the Canadian Consortium of Early Intervention Programs for Psychosis. He has led many clinical research projects investigating the neurobiological, psychosocial, and cross-cultural aspects of multidimensional outcomes in early phase of psychotic disorders and early intervention.

Currently, Dr Malla leads a $25M, national research project on the transformation of youth mental health services (ACCESS Open Minds), under the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), informed by his previous work in early psychosis