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Summary of Independent Evaluation

 Studies conclude our programs have beneficial outcomes. We are proud of this and will continue participating in extensive research over the coming years to provide further evidence of the impact of our work.  Learning will be applied by incorporating new knowledge and research into practice to further improve the effectiveness of our programs.

Eva House Drug and Alcohol Program

Independent study funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education in 2012.  This report presents the findings of the independent evaluation of the Hennessy House Drug and Alcohol Program (please note Hennessy House was formerly known as Eva House).

Effectiveness of the Heal for Life Healing Program 2005 to 2009

An independent evaluation of the adult program carried out by Dr. C Edwards. This research was presented at various high profile conferences both in Australia and the USA. The report includes a longitudinal study carried out over four years by Liz Mullinar.  Although the results cannot be said to prove permanent healing from mental illness they certainly indicate the results of a healing week are long term.

Heal for Life Qualitative Research Report

An independent qualitative study on our parenting program funded by the Federal Government. The research objectives were to understand and assess the value parents feel they have gotten from a Healing Week in terms of their parenting and to evaluate the perceived effects of the Parenting Week and how it might build on the Healing week experience.

Peer Support Research Report

An independent qualitative study from Newcastle University on the therapeutic benefits experienced by peer support volunteers at Heal For Life. The research objectives were to understand and assess the value peer support volunteers feel they receive from supporting others during Heal For Life healing programs. 

New Research Study
Domestic Violence in Childhood and Adult Life

Volunteers needed for Research Study

This study seeks your subjective interpretations of domestic violence in childhood and adult life and how you see yourself going forward in the future. It is interested in both positive and negative interpretations of your experiences.

 Who can participate? We are seeking people who have experienced domestic violence in childhood and adult life. 

What would you be asked to do? Completion of self-report questionnaires and an audio recorded interview exploring your lived experiences, both positive and negative.


If you would like more information about participating, contact: Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Lynne McCormack (Clinical Psychologist) on 49 854 543 or by email Student Researcher: Elise Rowland (Clinical Masters Student Researcher/ Provisional Psychologist) by email

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