Developing and embedding Core Outcome Measures for paediatric mental health research

Why do we need this project? 

Core outcome sets (COS) are agreed minimum data measures that should be used in research trials focussed on a particular area. Here at Melbourne Children’s Campus, we are developing a Core Outcomes Set (COS) for paediatric mental health research.  

Using COS in clinical practice will improve practice through evidence-based research. Harmonised measures expedite collection of data, enable us to build large cohorts, and provide the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues nationally and internationally.  

By using a standardised approach, we improve the quality of clinical mental health research and reach answers more quickly which will improve the mental health and lives of infants and children in our care.  


Our aim is that clinicians and researchers from all three campus partners will work with the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) team and the Centre for Health Analytics to build a seamless data entry and output process.  

Expected duration 

The project is expected to be carried out over a 12-month period, between July 2023 to July 2024. 

Our objectives are to: 

  • establish a COS working group to review evidence of what others are doing 
  • define which domains to measure  
  • determine which instruments to use (i.e. international consensus, local mandates, LifeCourse) 
  • reach consensus on timing of measures in the patient journey 
  • embed COS for mental health into the EMR 
  • develop and pilot an implementation trial for COS (in a research and clinical setting) 
  • scale up use of COS across campus 

Acknowledgement of Country

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At Mental Health Central we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, gather and work. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We acknowledge all people with a lived or living experience of mental ill-health and recovery. At the Campus, we particularly acknowledge children, young people, families, carers, and supporters. We recognise their vital contribution and value the courage of those who share this unique perspective for the purpose of learning and growing together to achieve better outcomes for the Campus, staff, sector, and all people of lived experience.

Proudly supported by the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation