Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) develops during childhood or adolescence for more than 80% of the 1 in 50 people living with the condition. In NSW, children with OCD stay longer in hospital than those with any other mental health condition and are readmitted more often. Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) achieves long term remission in 70% of cases but patients typically wait 17 years after first developing OCD symptoms before receiving it.
About the project
OCD BOUNCE (Bringing Our Under-served Needed Care and Expertise) is a clinical capacity-building pilot program that aims to:
- support and train clinicians to better detect and assess OCD and deliver ERP within existing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, so more young people can receive treatment earlier in their illness
- offer a community-based intensive alternative to in-patient hospital treatment, reducing admissions by preventing children and adolescents from developing more extreme or severe OCD.
This project is piloting the OCD BOUNCE Model of Care in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, expanding the availability of ERP services in the community and helping to refine the model so it can be delivered across NSW. Focused on the lived experience of children, adolescents and their families, it is part of a broader OCD BOUNCE national research collective, which is undertaking clinical, research and advocacy work.