About Us

Who is behind THIS WAY UP?


Professor Gavin Andrews, AO, MD, FRCPSYCH, FRANZCP

THIS WAY UP was jointly designed and developed by Professor Gavin Andrews and his team of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. As a non-profit initiative, THIS WAY UP is sponsored by the Australian Government and the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

The Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression was a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre, and is part of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Faculty of Medicine, School of Psychiatry. As a research unit, CRUfAD combines clinical and research expertise in the recognition and treatment of anxiety and depression disorders.

Our Structure

THIS WAY UP Organisational Chart

THIS WAY UP is part of the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD). CRUfAD is a joint facility of St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of New South Wales established to reduce the impact of anxiety and depressive disorders on individuals.

 


St Vincent’s Hospital

A major public hospital and a principal referral hospital, St Vincent’s specialises in mental health and drug and alcohol services. The Hospital has a long-standing reputation for treating complex patients with the highest acuity, attracting referrals on a state wide and national basis.


University of NSW

The University of New South Wales has strong academic links with St Vincent’s Hospital through the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD). As a teaching hospital of the UNSW, St Vincent’s provides high quality medical education for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as visiting elective students from national and international medical schools.


Department of Health

The Department of Health (DOHA) is a sponsor of THIS WAY UP Clinic. In this role, the department provides grants under the COAG Mental Health – Telephone Counselling, Self Help and Web-Based support Programmes Measure.


CRUfAD

Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) was a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Mental Health and Substance Use. Priorities include research linked to service provision, health outcomes to consumers, and training programs for mental health professionals. Our research drives our service areas to prevent, train, research, and treat individuals.


Virtual Clinic

Virtual Clinic is where we conduct our clinical trials for internet based education, and treatment programs for anxiety and depression. All successful findings are then implemented in our online and face-to-face treatment programs – This Way Up and Anxiety Disorders Clinic.

If you would like to be involved in research, visit the Virtual Clinic website.


Anxiety Disorders Clinic

The Anxiety Disorders Clinic is a specialist clinic that provides face-to-face assessment and treatment for adults with anxiety and depressive disorders. The clinic is a part of St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

The Anxiety Disorders Clinic provides assessment and treatment for Social Phobia, Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Specific Phobia and Depression. Treatment programs are conducted over the internet, or on individual face-to-face bases.

Our History

THIS WAY UP Clinic was founded in 1998 as ‘CLIMATE’ (Clinicians’ Mate) by Professor Gavin Andrews. Our online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) courses were developed by a group of academic and clinical staff at the Clinical Research Unit of Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and University of New South Wales (UNSW) Faculty of Medicine.

1998
CLIMATE

Our original set of programs included 20 courses on treatment and education courses. These included treatment courses for Panic, Depression, Social Phobia and Generalised Anxiety Disorder; educational courses for Alcohol Abuse, Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Failure and Incontinence; and courses for dementia carers and for adolescents with emotional and substance use difficulties.

The design brief was for courses that were interesting to patients, to improve self-management (and hopefully be a better substitute for information sheets).

2009
CRUfAD Clinic

In 2009, Climate was officially launched to all clinicians in Australia and re-named ‘CRUfADclinic’, recognising our origins as a virtual clinic from a research unit (CRUfAD). Over the years, CRUfADclinic made several changes.

We focused on what we do best, in lessening anxiety and depression, and removed our educational and courses for carers.

We conducted many randomized control trials to identify the most effective program, and developed new courses under our new name.

2012
This Way Up

In 2012, we changed our name to THIS WAY UP. Our new name encapsulates the aim of our courses, the effectiveness of our courses, and our optimism.

Today, THIS WAY UP continues to provide innovative, fun, and effective courses on anxiety and depressive disorders.

THIS WAY UP is frequently cited in the media, and has helped thousands of individuals through this website. We hope you, a family member, or a friend can be the next one to benefit from our courses. We’re here to show you the way up.