About the BETTER Research Program
The BETTER Research Program is an international trial of two online self-help interventions designed to improve quality of life in bipolar disorder. The research has been funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and is being led by Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.
The interventions on the BETTER website have been developed over a number of years by a team of International experts including researchers, clinicians and consumers. The interventions are brief (5 weeks) and include video footage of people who experience bipolar disorder and clinicians, interactive exercises, forums, tools and access to a Personal Coach.
The research will involve up to 70 participants from around the world and aims to investigate the impact of the two interventions on quality of life for people who experience bipolar disorder.
The BETTER project was developed by Swinburne University of Technology in close collaboration with consumers as well as Crest.BD, University of British Columbia, Lancaster University, University of California, Australian National University, Deakin University, Western Sydney University and University of Melbourne.
The BETTER website content was developed by Swinburne University of Technology in collaboration with Crest.BD, University of British Columbia, Lancaster University, University of California, Australian National University, Deakin University, Western Sydney University, University of Melbourne and consumers. Key contributors to content were: Prof Greg Murray (Swin), Dr Kathryn Fletcher (Swin), Assoc Prof Neil Thomas (Swin), Ms Fiona Foley (Swin), Dr Tania Perich (Western Sydney University).
Peer videos were made with real people who generously agreed to share their lived experiences. They were asked a number of questions on various topics and their responses were not scripted. All videos were filmed and edited by Rybazoid (Ryan O'Hehir).
The website was created by Media Insights.