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OCD BOUNCE – Building community-based treatment capacity for children and young people across NSW

Project Lead
Dr Iain Perkes

Dr Iain Perkes

Dr Iain Perkes

Iain has a significant Australian and international reputation in child and adolescent mental health including pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry Editorial Board, the ALIVE National Centre for Mental Health Research Translation, the Sydney Partnership in Health, Education, and Enterprise (SPHERE), and NSW Health’s Systems Information and Analytics and Higher Education branches.

Dr Perkes’ clinical research portfolio includes OCD, behavioural neuroscience, neuroimaging, and child and adolescent mental health services. In 2002 he established and leads the Kids Research Mental Health initiative and the NSW-wide paediatric OCD Bounce clinical research translation service within the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network as part of a national collaboration.

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.

Funding Sources

  • Commonwealth grant funding awarded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care
  • Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network
  • University of New South Wales
  • Griffith University
  • South-Eastern Sydney Local Health District

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