Case Studies • Oakley Mental Health Research Foundation

  1. 1.A research team was granted funding to support the study of the human brain in Alzheimer Disease. This study would be part of their ongoing studies of the human brain in major psychiatric disorders. We made a grant of $20,000 a year for two years.

  2. 2.A researcher who was seeking support to complete her PhD was granted $5,000 to gather data from up to 40 women who have been survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The researcher has already produced a literature review and authored a book on the topic.

  3. 3.A study of a consecutive sample of 230 clients admitted to an In-patient mental health unit was studied to evaluate community care after in-patient treatment. It was agreed that we should support this study, the amount of the grant to be settled after the results of their applications to two other funding providers was known. $20,000 granted

  4. 4.A PhD candidate planned to research the history of mental health nursing in New Zealand. This study would explore the effects of changes in mental health legislation, psychiatric treatment, and the effects of deinstitutionalisation. Amount requested $29,569. It was agreed that we would fund this study on an annual basis subject to progress reports from the applicant.

  5. 5.A mental health team in South Auckland intended to assess the effectiveness of the Assertive Community Treatment. It was proposed that data from 70 subjects would be analysed to establish its effectiveness. A grant of $16,620 was approved.

  6. 6.A grant of $10,000 was awarded to a research team who were seeking to discover any connections between problem gambling and alcohol in the attempted suicide of patients who present to North Shore Hospital in February and March 2000.

  7. 7.A researcher asked for support to complete her PhD. She proposed (a) to analyse and write up the results of a completed survey looking at 700 primary care attenders in the Auckland region. (b) to conduct a survey of 1,000 GPs in rural and urban North Island, to investigate attitudes, confidence and behaviour in the management of mental disorders in primary care. A grant of $25,584 was approved.

  8. 8.A research team from a department of general practice conducted a pilot study for the validation of a multi-item, life-style screening tool (alcohol, drug abuse, gambling, depression, abuse/anger, etc). We provided $13,529 for this study, but made a number of suggestions for the applicants to consider.

  9. 9.A research team from a department of general practice was granted $14,346 for a study of validation of patients' ability to assess their need of help with depression. We suggested that the applicants consider whether a question related to disability caused by depressive symptoms may increase the specificity better than one related to seeking care for symptoms.

  10. 10.A researcher from a school of education intended to examine the quality of father-son and mother-son relationships of preschool boys with early onset hyperactivity by comparing a sample of 50 hyperactive boys with a comparison sample. Granted $30,000.

  11. 11.A grant of $29,000 was provided to investigate the link between second generation anti-psychotic drugs (SGAs) and Type-2 diabetes. The study aimed to fully characterize the effects of SGAs on body weight and glucose metabolism of rats during three different dietary regimes.