Youth Mental Health Research

‘Prevalence of, and risk factors for, depression in young Australian women’

Monash University, VIC
Awarded 2018
Co-funded by Rotary District 9800

“For women of this age, anxiety and depressive disorders are the leading disease burden measured as disability adjusted life years (DALYs), which are a combination of years of life lost due to premature death and years lived with disability .”

Researcher Profile

Lucy Marsh currently hold a position at Monash University in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine examining the physical and mental health of Australian adults following trauma. Concurrently Lucy am gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research Methodology in 2018.

Lucy completed my Bachelor of Human Nutrition at the University of Canberra in 2006, and went on to receive my Masters in Public Health Nutrition in 2010. Lucy went on to work in research at the University of Queensland on a randomised controlled trial investigating mental health in a marginalised population.

In 2018 Lucy received my Mental Health Ambassador accreditation through Monash University.

Project Summary

Depression is the leading disease burden for premenopausal Australian women, possibly affecting as many as 1 in 4 women at some stage of their reproductive life.

This research will document the prevalence and severity of depressive symptoms in premenopausal women, associations of such symptoms with sociodemographic factors, menstrual and reproductive health and sexual wellbeing.

Overall the study will be a major contribution to the understanding of the psychological wellbeing of young Australian women. It will provide a contemporary estimate of what proportion of young Australian women have symptoms of depression and anxiety, in the context of a detailed profile of psychological and physical wellbeing.

Supervisors: Professor Susan Davis & Professor Robin Bell