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Showing You the Way Up Since 1998

Showing You the Way Up Since 1998

Looking back at the origins of THIS WAY UP… 

Since its humble beginnings in 1998, THIS WAY UP has become a world-leading, non-profit provider of digital mental health treatment programs, scientifically proven to work.  

Where it all started 

In 1998, the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney could see a glaring issue. Traditional mental health care, although effective, had limited reach, with many people struggling to access the help they desperately needed. Clients at St Vincent’s Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC) were waiting 12 months for in-person treatment for their anxiety. The clinical researchers were desperate to help their colleagues and alleviate their clients suffering. 

Our researchers and clinicians tackled this real-world clinical problem first-hand by harnessing the power of a new thing called the world wide web. The team was led by Professor Gavin Andrews, a renowned psychiatrist and pioneer of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in Australia. Together they created a suite of online treatment programs distilled from years of clinical research work in the field.  

The programs were designed to empower individuals to be active participants in their own recovery. This progressive thinking planted the seed for what would eventually become THIS WAY UP, a digital mental health service that would revolutionise mental health care by making evidence-based treatment accessible from the comfort of your own home. 

Now and into the future 

To date, we have treated over 200,000 Australians for insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, OCD and more. Our unique blended care model has been used by over 35,000 clinicians who integrate our programs in their routine care. 

Today we have 18 online treatment programs available worldwide. The programs have been translated into French, Mandarin and Indonesian, and continue to grow through our partnerships in New Zealand, Canada and the US. 

Led by eminent psychiatrist Dr Mike Millard, we continue to modernise, enhance and supercharge our digital mental health treatments. Our ethical, research-centred approach will ensure our proven, Australian-made programs keep pace with rapid technological developments while delivering the highest quality care.  

We hope you or your client can be the next one to benefit from our online treatment programs.

We’re here to show you the way up! 


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