Melbourne Uni Research

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in the treatment of Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

The University of Melbourne is currently conducting a 24-week (6 month) clinical trial investigating the effects of an amino acid supplement called N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

NAC is a particular amino acid which has been researched for various mental health disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction (nicotine, marijuana, gambling) as well as OCD. NAC has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity, and influences various neurochemicals in the brain including glutamate. Previous research studies indicate that these properties of NAC may be effective for OCD, however, more research studies are required to determine this.

If you are eligible to participate in the study, you will be randomly allocated into the NAC group OR a placebo group (dummy capsules). You will be given capsules (NAC or placebo) to take morning and night for the 6-month study period and these capsules will be taken in addition to your current medication. If willing, we also ask that you complete a blood test at the start of the study.

Each month you will be required to attend study visits (7 visits in total) at The Melbourne Clinic in Richmond. You will meet with one of the researchers for approximately 60 minutes (the initial session may take up 90-120 mins) and complete questionnaires regarding your OCD symptoms, mood, anxiety and quality of life. 

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are between the age of 18-70
  • Have been diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Are currently taking medication for your OCD but still experience symptoms

The study capsules and blood test involved in the study are free of charge. You will receive Coles Myer gift vouchers throughout the 6-month study period totaling $140 as well as 3 containers of complementary NAC at the end of your participation in the study.

For further information, please contact our study staff on (03) 9487 4659 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 
GREEN Tea (L-theanine) for the treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder

The University of Melbourne is currently conducting a 10-week clinical trial investigating the effects of
L-theanine for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). L-theanineis the most abundant amino acid present in green and is believed to relieve anxiety, stress and improve focus and attention. However, there are minimal research studies exploring the effects of L-theanine for GAD.

You may be eligible to participate if you are aged between 18 and 75 and are currently taking medication for your anxiety but you are still experiencing symptoms.

If eligible to participate, you will be required to take L-theanineor a placebo capsules daily for a period of 8-weeks (the last two-weeks of the study you will not be required to take any capsules) and attend 6 sessions at The Melbourne Clinic in Richmond. These sessions will be held each fortnight where you will meet with one of the study researchers and answer questions regarding your anxiety and general health.  The initial session of the study may last approximately 90 minutes, whereas the following visits approximately 45 minutes each.

It is free to participate in this study. You will be given a total of $70 in the form of Coles Myer gift cards as reimbursement for any travel costs. A free sample of L-theanine will also be provided when you complete the study.  

For further information, please contact study staff on (03) 9487 4659 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuning Relationships with Music

Tuning Relationships with Music is an 8 session dyadic intervention for parents and teens (10-18 years) who would like help to improve how they communicate and deal with conflict, and where the parent has a history of interpersonal trauma. TRM uses music to help parents and teens with the nonverbal aspects of their interaction, as well as providing a way to engage the young person and assist with emotion awareness/regulation in the interpersonal context. Families do NOT have to have any music skills. I am conducting a pilot study for my PhD at Melb Uni (Mindful), using a randomised controlled design. Families can come to either Flemington (Mindful), Headspace Craigieburn, or Eltham (my private practice rooms) . All families will be seen immediately for assessment (includes clinical assessment, filling out questionnaires and a music-based observational assessment); then some will be allocated to immediate intervention, and others will have to wait 4 months and complete the research measures again before having TRM. There is no cost to families and the YP will receive a JB-HIFI gift card of $30. Families or referrers can contact me on 0409 949 300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.