About Southern Synergy
Southern Synergy is a Faculty Research Centre within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. The centre sits within the Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, and is substantially supported by Monash Health. The centre works closely with collaborators, particularly those responsible for mental health service delivery in the Monash Health Catchment area. The centre was jointly established in 2003 with Monash Health and continues to be closely linked with and supported by the Monash Health Mental Health Program. It is based primarily in accommodation at Dandenong Hospital - Monash Health - Adult Mental Health though staff may also be situated from time to time at other accommodation within other campuses of Monash Health and Monash University.
Particular strengths of the Centre lie in a unique combination of research, training and clinical academic staff with close linkage to a major mental health care provider. Our multidisciplinary team consists of members from psychiatry, clinical psychology, social work, epidemiology and biostatistics, health economics and sociology.
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Congratulations Phuong-Tu Prowse on the award of her PhD
A clinical psychologist, Phuong-Tu's thesis titled: "Assessment of treatment fidelity considered in relation to mindfulness based cognitive therapy and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander mental health initiative motivational care planning" was ratified by the Graduate Research Steering Committee on Tuesday 26th January 2016.
Phuong-Tu covered issues that make an original contribution to this field of research by providing an overview of the status of the use treatment fidelity in psychological research and developing two treatment fidelity measures.
We offer our sincere thanks to all the academic and professional staff involved in assisting Phuong-Tu achieve this wonderful result.
Professor Graham Meadows
Professor Graham Meadows is the Director of Southern Synergy, the Monash Health Adult Psychiatry Research, Training and Evaluation Centre, and a Professor with Monash University.
His doctoral studies and a substantial part of his publication record are in health services epidemiology in which area he has expertise in qustionnaire development and analysis of complex data sets. He has headed large scale studies investigating mindfulness and recovery oriented practice as clinical and service level interventions.
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Meet the people making their mark at Southern Synergy.
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Seeding Grants 2016 - Now Open
Monash Health is supporting new research in mental health through the provision of Mental Health Research Seeding Grants, intended to encourage new mental health research and new researchers in small-scale projects including preparatory work towards applications for external funding.
Two to five small grants are available each year ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. Personnel employed in any mental health services within Monash Health are eligible to apply. Applications require applicants to provide an account of how the proposal is aligned with the strategic priorities at Monash Health and/or the Victorian Government. Successful grants are mentored through the project with regular contact and monitoring of milestones by a senior researcher of the Centre.
Applications for 2016 grants close on Monday 18th July, 2016.
Seeding Grant 2016 Application Form.
For information about the strategic priorities at Monash Health and/or the Victorian Government, see:
Successful Seeding grant applications for 2015
We are pleased to announce that four Monash Mental Health Research Seeding Grants have been awarded for 2015. We increased the funding to allow for four grants this year, rolling over some previous funding and because the applications were of a very high quality. The name of the Chief Investigator and project title for 2015 successful applicants are:
- Belinda Gargaro with the project "Making Reports Meaningful for Families: Development and Evaluation of Plain Language Reports."
- Sarah Davenport with the project "Extend existing literature by examining the predictive validity and interrater reliability of the DASA."
- Elizabeth Scutt with the project "Oral health assessment of patients with mental illness"
- Emma Newton with the project "Animal-Assisted Interventions for Adolescents with Mental Health Problems"
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For more information please contact Dr Joanne Enticott.
If you are thinking of a career in psychiatry, psychology or research into Health Services with a focus on Mental Health, the Southern Synergy Research Centre at the School of Clinical Sciences is a great place to start. We are located in new purpose-built offices at Dandenong Hospital. Designed to optimise translational opportunities for work in mental health care, the centre has close co-location with the key leadership team of Monash Mental Health.
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