Telehealth Approach to GotIT! (TAG)

Name of project

Telehealth Approach to GotIT! (TAG), using telehealth to deliver help to families.

Lead Local Health District 

Southern NSW

Research Project

The Telehealth Approach to Got It! (TAG) is a translational research program examining the feasibility of using telehealth to provide components of the state-wide, NSW Health funded Got It! program. Got It! delivers specialist mental health early intervention services for children in Kindergarten to Year 2 (K-2) of 5-8 years of age who display emerging conduct problems, and is being rolled out across NSW. Southern New South Wales Local Health District (SNSWLHD) and Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) are partnering with Royal Far West (RFW) to deliver telehealth models of care and potential solutions for improving the Got It! program’s reach and cost effectiveness in rural and remote areas. The Chief Investigator is Cherie Puckett, Director Mental Health Drug and Alcohol, Southern NSW LHD.

The research questions are:

  1. Can the targeted group components of the Got It! early intervention model for children (K-Year 2) with disruptive behaviour problems be provided efficiently and effectively using telehealth (TAG)?
  2. Is Got It! delivered via telehealth (TAG) acceptable to parents, teachers and schools?
  3. Do disruptive behaviours decrease after involvement in TAG? Are these results similar to the outcomes found for the in-person already established Got It! model?
  4. What works for whom, in what contexts and how – during this feasibility study?

Ten schools across SNSWLHD and MLHD will participate in the TAG program and research, with parents / carers of children enrolled in Kindergarten to Year 2 being recruited into the project.

New knowledge from this project will assist in better understanding if the telehealth (TAG) program is efficient, effective, acceptable and can deliver equivalent outcomes to the in-person Got It! model. New knowledge will be generated on the scalability and transferability of this model to other settings and programs in the future.

Project Contact

Michelle Mitchell, Research Manager

michelle.mitchell@royalfarwest.org.au