AACBT Qld Pub Discussion: Frost – FIT

12 Oct 2023
06:45 pm
- 08:00 pm
RedBrick Hotel
RedBrick Hotel, Annerley Road, Woolloongabba QLD, Australia
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A decade of measurement-based care: triumphs, mis-steps and accidental learnings

Presenter: Aaron Frost

Benchmark Psychology

Which therapists get the best outcomes? Here is a hint, the answer is almost certainly not what you think it is.

With a data set of over 4000 episodes of care, Benchmark Psychology has been a national leader in Routine Outcome Measurement for over a decade. The collection of this data has been used primarily for improving the quality of clinical care, but it was also included in the recent independent Medicare evaluation.

Digging deeper into the results, Aaron will attempt to answer this question with regards to the most effective clinicians, as well as some of the other key learnings from over a decade of Routine Outcome Measurement. The evening will also discuss some of the challenges and pitfalls in implementation of such an ambitious system of quality assurance and clinical governance.


Routine Outcome Evaluation, Feedback Informed Therapy, or Measurement Based care in many ways are all simply different brands of the same underlying approach. This approach draws heavily on the fields of quality assurance, deliberate practice and clinical governance. When these systems are put in place, there is strong evidence to suggest that less clients drop out of therapy prematurely, and more clients achieved larger change.

So why are we not doing this routinely?

Aaron has implemented this system of care with his team at Benchmark Psychology and can attest to its deceptive simplicity. In this talk, Aaron will review the literature around measurement-based care, including its limitations and where it should not be applied. He will also look at the implementation challenges and how these have been overcome, and which still remain.

During the course of ten years of learning, Aaron has co-developed a brief version of the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-10), as well as had this dataset included in the recent independent evaluation of the Better Access Program. This presentation will give an overview of the current state of the art, from the clinical front-line to areas of policy development. Limitations and learnings from both his research, but also the field more generally will be discussed openly, and frank discussion is invited and welcomed.


About this event:

The format will be a 1-hour, lecture-style presentation, in an informal setting, including an opportunity for open Q&A – bring your questions!


Key Learning Objectives

  1. Knowledge of the latest research (including limitations and fail to replicates) in Feedback Informed Therapy (FIT)
  2. Clear outline of gold standard clinical governance procedures for private practice implementation of FIT
  3. Introduction and overview to both the DASS10, as well as the recent Medicare evaluation.

This session is recommended attendees who have a working knowledge of FIT.



Duration & Format / Training Modalities

This event will be approx. 60 minutes for CPD and Q&A. This event does not include any catering in the ticket price.

Doors open at 6:30pm for a 6:45pm start.

Please note that this venue is not wheelchair accessible.


References – readings

  1. Pirkis J, Currier, D, Harris, M, Mihalopoulos, C, Arya, V, Banfield, M. Evaluation of Better Access (Main Report). Australian Government—Department of Health Aged Care (2022). Available online (accessed December 15, 2022).
  2. Halford, W, K, Frost, A, D, J (2021) Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale 10 – A Brief Measure of psychotherapy outcome and progress assessment. Behaviour Change, 221-234.
  3. Goldberg S, B. et al (2016). Do psychotherapists improve with age and experience? A longitudinal analysis of outcomes in a clinical setting. J Counselling Psycholology . 2016 Jan;63(1):1-11.


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There are no early bird rates for this event and please note that there are no door sales possible.

Please contact info@aacbt.org.au for more information.



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