What is knowledge translation and why is it important to youth mental health? (April 2018)

In youth mental health, and health in general, there is a gap between the best evidence and how this knowledge is applied ‘on the ground’ in clinical services. Knowledge translation is about trying to bridge that gap by assisting services and clinicians to use best practice, adapted to their particular context or setting.

This webinar will help clinicians and service to understand the knowledge translation process, and the implications of knowledge translation in clinical practice. It will examine the evidence for knowledge translation practices in the context of youth mental health, and describe the key issues of the practical application of knowledge translation activities in youth mental health.

The information in this webinar is current as at April, 2018.

Who is this webinar for?

Clinicians and service leads who work with young people in mental health services, primary care settings and other areas of health and human services.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • How to understand the research cycle, including what research is, what are ‘levels of evidence’ and the best sources of evidence in youth mental health
  • The key concepts within knowledge translation (KT), including various methods of KT and levels of applying KT
  • Summarise the evidence for what knowledge translation methods work best in youth mental health


Associate Professor Rosemary Purcell

Associate Professor Rosemary Purcell is the Director of Research at Orygen. She is also a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and a registered psychologist.

Rosemary has contributed to a significant number of publications in the areas of youth mental health, early intervention and forensic mental health. She is currently an investigator on a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant investigating the benefits of physical activity for young people with depression, and is the Managing Editor of the journal Early Intervention in Psychiatry.

Rosemary was the inaugural Director of the headspace Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and was the Director of the Transitions Study, a large cohort study examining predictors of illness change and progression in young help-seekers attending headspace services.


Carlo Guaia

Carlo is passionate about using programs and research to foster culturally diverse and cohesive communities where young people can grow, free from stigma and have access to equitable opportunities.

Originally from Italy, Carlo moved to Australia where he completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Australia, majoring in Political Science and Italian Studies. 

Carlo was previously elected as Ordinary Guild Councillor at University of Western Australia Student Guild, where he made long-term strategic decisions and managed stakeholders with a specific focus on welfare policies. He has a strong interest in public policy making from prior exposure to political systems with the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament in Rome. Carlo, was appointed to the Western Australia Migration Update Advisory Committee in 2015-16 where he provided strategic advice relating to migration and mobilities in the state of Western Australia.

Carlo is a current member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, consisting of a world-wide network of young leaders who are working to improve their communities. He is particularly interested in vulnerable and disengaged youth, community mental health programs for refugees and migrants and the use of emerging technologies in the delivery of mental health services in low resource settings.