Southern Synergy

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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Research opportunities at Synergy


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. 

Group head

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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Our staff

Meet the people making their mark at Southern Synergy.

Our Programs

Affiliated research groups


Successful Seeding grant applications for 2016

We are pleased to announce that 2 Monash Mental Health Research Seeding Grants have been awarded for 2016. The name of the Chief Investigator and project title for the successful applicants are:

David Moseley: Developing an integrated research framework for the new Statewide Neuropsychiatry Unit.

Anthea Raju: Pilot and Evaluation of a Mother-Infant Music Therapy Program

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For more information please contact Dr Joanne Enticott.

Research opportunities

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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