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One in five Australians experience a depressive disorder

One in seven Australians experience an anxiety disorder at some stage in their lives

You’re not alone! There are effective treatments for anxiety and depression, but less than a quarter of sufferers access these treatments. Register for our online courses at THIS WAY UP and we’ll show you the way to control anxiety and depressive disorders. Research has shown that THIS WAY UP works.

What Courses Do We Offer?

THIS WAY UP provides online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programs. CBT emphasises the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours in creating change. We help individuals understand, manage and change their thoughts (cognition) and actions (behaviours). THIS WAY UP courses have been designed and written by a group of hospital and university experts. Our extensive courses cover a range of anxiety or depressive disorders disorders. General practitioners, psychologists, and other clinicians can prescribe these courses for patients. We also offer these courses in a self help format, where your health practitioner is not involved. As you progress through the lessons, THIS WAY UP notes your level of distress and keeps you and your clinician informed. The courses are designed to assist with:



Depression (Chinese)


Generalised Anxiety Disorder


Mixed Depression and Anxiety


Panic Disorder


Social Phobia


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Health Anxiety


Coping with Stress


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


Mindfulness-Based CBT


Intro to Mindfulness


Chronic Pain




All our full-length courses have been shown in randomised controlled trials to be significantly better than no treatment, equivalent to face to face cognitive behaviour therapy and superior to being prescribed medication.


Why Choose THIS WAY UP?

If you are suffering from any of these conditions, there is a strong chance that you will benefit greatly from undertaking one or more of these courses. On average, most people get benefit from each lesson they completed. 80% of people who complete all lessons benefit substantially, with 50% to the point of no longer being troubled by anxiety or depression related illness. 20% do not benefit and will need to seek further assistance. All courses on offer have been proven through clinical trials conducted by our research unit, Virtual Clinic, and the results have been published in leading scientific journals. THIS WAY UP is very convenient, very effective and less than the cost of going to see a therapist for CBT or visiting a doctor for medication. All THIS WAY UP courses are available in a self help format, or in consultation with your health care professional, so you can choose how much support you receive.


Before any course is released through THIS WAY UP, it is rigorously tested in our research unit, Virtual Clinic. We have treated over 2,000 patients in Virtual Clinic, using versions of the depression, panic, social phobia, GAD, OCD, and transdiagnostic courses, and have found that the courses significantly reduce anxiety and depression. Virtual Clinic is also continually involved in a range of research projects investigating the nature, causes and treatment of anxiety disorders.

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THIS WAY UP is the platform through which we make the research based programs available. As of October 2015, we had more than 4500 clinicians and more than 9700 patients enrolled in THIS WAY UP. The degree of benefit gained from THIS WAY UP depends on the level to which people immerse themselves in the courses, and on how much they practice what they learn in each lesson. Three out of four people complete all the lessons, and three out of four who complete are no longer troubled by their emotional disorder. Nine out of ten say they are satisfied. Internationally, this is one of the strongest treatments for these conditions that is presently available. THIS WAY UP is committed to evaluating and improving its treatments. During treatment, patients regularly complete questionnaires, to make sure that treatment is effective.

Who Is Suitable For A THIS WAY UP Course?

Patients who have a moderate to severe anxiety and depressive disorder are suitable for a THIS WAY UP course. Please note that THIS WAY UP will not accept clinical responsibility for individuals who:

  • Have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or drug or alcohol dependence.
  • Are suicidal.
  • Are taking benzodiazepines and/or atypical antipsychotics.

People Who Have Taken THIS WAY UP Courses Have Found Them

  • “Effective” – Our average patient makes a significant reduction in anxiety and depression.
  • “Convenient” – They can be done from home outside working hours.
  • “Low cost“ – The entire course costs less than one visit to a psychologist or psychiatrist.
  • “No fuss” – The course can be accessed immediately without any waiting periods or bookings.