Get healthy study

Are you someone with a mental health condition who wants to get healthy?

About the project

We are looking for volunteers who are currently receiving or recently received mental health care to take part a project. Researchers from the University of Newcastle would like to see if a telephone support service is useful for people who would like to improve their nutrition and become more physically active.

All participants will take part in an initial survey over the phone and will then be randomly allocated to one of two groups. Everyone will receive written information to help support a healthy lifestyle. In one group, people will also be provided with free telephone support to help you achieve your lifestyle goals. Everyone will be asked to take part in another survey over the phone around 6 months after your initial survey.

Why is this project important?

Previous research has shown that people with a mental health condition would like more help to make positive changes to their physical activity and nutrition. The data collected is intended to be used by mental health services to plan the care they deliver.

Who can participate in the project?

We are looking for people who:

  • Are currently receiving, or have received in the last 12 months, care from a mental health service
  • Have a working telephone number
  • Are 18 years or older

Get healthy

Learn more about this project:

Click here to read more about this project: information brochure.

Please read this Information Brochure before proceeding to the screening survey.

Information Brochure (PDF, 857KB)

Click here to read some information about serving sizes: serving size guide and response card (PDF, 537KB).

If you do decide to take part, this information will be helpful when you are completing the survey.

How can I take part?

If you would like to take part, please click here to see if you are eligible.

If you are eligible to participate you will be able to nominate a time for an interviewer to call you and complete the first survey. You will then be randomly allocated to one of the two groups.

Further information

If you would like further information, please contact The Get Healthy Research Team:Bike cartoon

Phone: 0413 410 753


Complaints about this research

This project has been approved by the Hunter New England Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval number 2018/ETH00377).

Should you have any concerns about your rights as a participant in this research, or you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, it may be given to the researcher, or, if an independent person is preferred, to Dr Nicole Gerrand, Manager, Research Ethics and Governance, Hunter New England Local Health District, Level 3 POD HMRI Lot 1 Kookaburra Circuit

New Lambton NSW 2305, telephone (02) 49214950, email

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.