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Personality disorder treatment and support research

The National Mental Health Commission and SANE Australia have released a report on research into the needs of Australians living with personality disorder.

The Commission believes this work is important to help put a spotlight on personality disorders and prompt further discussion.

The full report was informed by an advisory group and the membership outlined below:

Michelle BlanchardGeneral Manager Research, Policy and Programs, SANE Australia (Project Principal Investigator)
Elise CarrotteResearch Assistant, SANE Australia (Project Associate Investigator)
Andrew ChanenDeputy Director of Research, Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Kelly ClarkLived Experience Representative
Nigel DenningCounselling Psychologist, Integrative Psychology
Aaron FornarinoLived Experience Representative
Brin GrenyerProfessor of Psychology and Chief Executive Officer of Project Air, University of Wollongong
Jack HeathChief Executive Officer, SANE Australia
Maureen LewisDeputy Chief Executive Officer, National Mental Health Commission
Julien McDonaldChair, Australian Borderline Personality Disorder Foundation
Janne McMahonPrivate Mental Health Consumer Carer Network
Sathya RaoExecutive Clinical Director, Spectrum: the Personality Disorder Service for Victoria.

The report by SANE includes a literature review, an environmental scan and a qualitative study. It discusses:

  • What is known about the prevalence of personality disorders in Australia, including the percentage of people presenting to emergency departments living with personality disorder
  • A review of evidence-based treatments for personality disorder
  • The barriers faced by Australians living with personality disorder in accessing a sufficient level of support
  • How people living with personality disorders are impacted by stigma and discrimination.

Full report: Understanding how best to respond to the needs of Australians living with personality disorder 

The Commission developed a summary of the research report which outlines the key messages and themes of the research. The summary explores the experiences of people living with personality disorder and their carers and other support persons as well as what the research means for mental health professionals and Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

Summary report: Treatment and support for personality disorder: A summary of research by SANE Australia 


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