Mental health research



The Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (ECIMH) develops innovative and effective mental health treatments, harnessing neuroscience technology to make a new era of treatment options available.


An important part of Epworth Clinic’s mental health service offering in Camberwell, the ECIMH is conducting research to better understand the disorders that disrupt mental health and to develop new treatments and improve existing treatments with the aim to provide ready access to innovative treatment technologies for people experiencing mental health concerns.


Clinical research undertaken by the ECIMH focuses on:

  • improving transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment for depression to make it more personalised, effective and efficient
  • investigating TMS as a new treatment for a variety of other disorders including OCD, PTSD, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and addiction
  • developing and evaluating other innovative treatments, such as transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) for OCD and depression in young people

ECIMH is led by Professor Paul Fitzgerald, a consultant psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at Epworth and Monash University.


He is supported by an expert, multidisciplinary and passionate team of psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, researchers and engineers dedicated to enhancing mental health outcomes.


ECIMH conducts collaborative research with Monash University, the Alfred and Royal Melbourne Hospitals.


Clinical trials currently underway

TMS treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Research trial

A clinical trial investigating a type of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS), as a new treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The trial is comparing TBS treatment to two different brain areas to determine which is the most effective.  


Accelerated Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) treatment for Depression: Research trial

A clinical trial comparing two types of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of major depression - standard TMS and TBS. Participants are randomly allocated to either standard TMS, standard intensity TBS or high intensity TBS.


TMS treatment and Heart Rate in Depression, OCD and PTSD: Research study

Monitoring heart rate patterns before, during and after Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment to better understand the effects of treatment, and who it might benefit most.


Deep Brain Stimulation in Depression

This is a clinical trial investigating the use of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of patients with the most difficult to treat depressive conditions.


More information

If you are interested in participating in our clinical trials or would like more information about our research, please contact us at:


Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (ECIMH)

Epworth Clinic

888 Toorak Rd

Camberwell VIC 3124


Phone: ​03 9805 4287

Fax: 03 9805 4188


Read this news article for more about Professor Paul Fitzgerald and the Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health.