Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
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Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
In this project, we are going to investigate whether improved leadership skills and mental health literacy leads to an improvement in psychosocial working conditions. The program (intervention) has been tailored to meet the needs of police officers working at one of the Victoria Police stations (Melbourne, Australia). A leadership development programme will be provided for officers in leadership positions (for example, Senior Sergeants and Sergeants). Skills vital for improving mental wellbeing, including practical skills (for example, to cope with workload), awareness of mental illness and how best to support others experiencing mental illness will be extended to all officers taking part in the intervention. The success of the program will be assessed using a number of methods that measure work-related stress, absences and awareness of mental health.

Who can participate?
Victoria Police members (Melbourne, Australia)

What does the study involve?
A total of 24 police stations have enrolled in the study. Each station has a group of 20 people participating in the study. These participants are randomly allocated (as a cluster) to one of two groups. In group 1 (the intervention group) the participants take part in the leadership development and skills development programmes as appropriate for 6 months. Group 2 (the control group) carry on as usual.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Not provided at registration

Where is the study run from?
Deakin University, Melbourne (Australia)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
August 2014 to December 2016

Who is funding the study?
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia)

Who is the main contact?
Prof. Anthony LaMontagne

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Prof Anthony LaMontagne


Contact details

221 Burwood Hwy
+61 (0) 3 9244 6802

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Study information

Scientific title

Integrated workplace mental health promotion for the prevention and management of mental Illness in the workplace: a cluster randomised controlled trial


Study hypothesis

We hypothesise that activities to improve leadership behaviours and participation in mental health literacy will result an improvement in psychosocial working conditions (e.g., supervisory social support at work, job control) and mental health literacy (e.g., knowledge, confidence in assisting someone who may have a mental health problem), as primary outcomes and mental health and work performance (e.g., unplanned absence) as secondary outcomes.

Ethics approval

1. The Human Research Ethics committee at the University of Melbourne; 11/10/2013; ref. 1340429
2. Deakin University Human Research Ethics; 07/072014; ref. 2014-132

Study design

Cluster randomised controlled trial

Primary study design


Secondary study design

Cluster randomised trial

Trial setting


Trial type


Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet


Mental health


12 clusters of at least 20 participants randomly allocated to receive the intervention for 6 months, and the same number randomly allocated to a non-intervention control group.
1. We will design tailored intervention activities drawing on earlier development projects conducted in Victoria Police, evidence based guidance on job stress reduction, and mental health literacy interventions. Interventions will include activities to increase positive workplace protective factors and decrease negative workplace stressors (e.g., through providing supportive management training for desk sergeants to improve supervisor support). We will also conduct mental health promotion activities using a range of existing resources including printed and on-line materials. Wherever possible, intervention activities will integrate primary and secondary prevention and focus on job stress and mental health literacy.
2. Control group will receive treatment as usual.

Intervention type



Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Working conditions (e.g., supervisory social support at work, job control, job demands) and mental health literacy including mental health knowledge, stigma against mental illness and disclosure norms, confidence and skills in assisting someone who may have a mental health problem. Working conditions will be assessed using standardised scales such as the COP-SOQ and other scales routinely used in job stress research. Mental health literacy assessment will use the items developed for mental health first aid.

Secondary outcome measures

1. World Health Organization Health and Work Performance Questionnaire (HPQ)
2. The Kessler-6 instrument
3. As well as organisation recorded unplanned absence data (at the station cluster level)

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Reason abandoned


Participant inclusion criteria

The study is open to all Victoria Police members in the stations enrolled in the trial who volunteer to participate.

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Target number of participants

24 police stations, with at least 20 participants in each station.

Participant exclusion criteria

Stations eligible for the trial will have a minimum of 40 members from the Eastern and North-West regions of Melbourne. There are no exclusion criteria for potential participants within eligible stations.

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Recruitment end date



Countries of recruitment


Trial participating centre

221 Burwood Hwy

Sponsor information


National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia)

Sponsor details

Level 1
16 Marcus Clarke Street

Sponsor type

Research council



Funder type

Research organisation

Funder name

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia); Partnership Projects Grant Application: 1055333

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Funding Body Type

government organisation

Funding Body Subtype

Federal/National Government



Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2016 protocol in:

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Additional files

Editorial Notes

29/02/2016: Publication reference added.