The Australian Early Psychosis Collaborative Consortium (AEPCC): Improving Clinical Care in Early Psychosis

Andrew Thompson, Joanna Fitzsimons, Eoin Killackey, Susannah Ahern, Paul Amminger, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Michael Berk, Sue Cotton, John McNeil, Patrick McGorry, Barnaby Nelson, Brian O'Donoghue, Aswin Ratheesh, Debra Rickwood, Alison Yung, Stephen Wood

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Objectives: The field of early psychosis has undergone considerable expansion over the last few decades and has a strong evidence base of effectiveness. Like all areas of healthcare, however, early psychosis services need to more consistently deliver higher quality care to achieve better outcomes for patients and families. A national clinical research infrastructure is urgently required to enable the sector to deliver the highest quality care and expand and translate evidence more quickly and efficiently. This paper describes the establishment of the Australian Early Psychosis Collaborative Consortium (AEPCC) that aims to achieve this. Conclusion: AEPCC is the first of its kind in Australia (and internationally). It will deliver the required clinical research infrastructure through the implementation of a clinical quality registry, clinical trials and translation network, and lived experience network. AEPCC will provide a critical resource to better understand the state of early psychosis care, and trial new interventions on a scale that has not previously been possible in Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-308
Number of pages3
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023
Externally publishedYes


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