PULSAR

About PULSAR

The PULSAR (Principles Unite Local Services Assisting Recovery) project is a training and research project funded by the Victorian State Government's Mental Illness Research Fund (MIRF). The project will test a practical approach to address the vital issue of how different types of services within a defined geographical area can be refocused to support recovery. It is expected to shed light on how clinical mental health, primary care and community support services can collaborate effectively and support people using mental health services to achieve their personal recovery goals.

This research supports recovery-oriented practice involving community mental health services, primary care and the community managed sector. In the project we will adapt a range of existing materials for the Australian setting so that the content and processes of training and development are sensitive to needs of the Victorian mental health care system, the local cultural and legal contexts. We will be using materials developed by our research partners in London, UK, and materials we have developed in Australia for similar work in the primary care sector. The modification for Primary Care will also draw on work from Monash University in the development of recovery oriented treatment plans, a project commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of health and Ageing and the Royal Australian College of general Practitioners. We will deliver these interventions and evaluate the process in a carefully designed trial format. The aim of the work is to develop, evaluate, and make readily available a set of training materials and organisational change tools that would facilitate all these services to work together to successfully deliver recovery oriented practice.

Direct Care/Support Delivery participants

Agencies and people involved in the support of people with a mental illness who are associated with the PULSAR Recovery project include:

  • Mind Australia
  • ERMHA (Eastern Regions Mental Health Association)
  • Monash Health
  • Primary Health Care - It is planned to approach Primary Health Care through appropriate Medicare Locals.

"If you have received an information pack and letter of invitation from your GP which is asking you to participate in the PULSAR project and would like more information please call 9902 9695. If you would like to complete the questionnaire booklet online then please click here and this link will take you to the survey. Please remember to have your Participant Information and Consent Form nearby. Thank you for your interest in the PULSAR Primary Care Project".

"If you have received a survey from your mental health service (such as from Mind Australia, Ermha or Monash Health on behalf of PULSAR) which is asking you to participate in the PULSAR project, and you would like more information please call 9902 9695. If you would like to complete the survey online then please click here and this link will take you to the survey. Please remember to have your blue and yellow forms nearby. Thank you for your interest in the PULSAR Specialist Care Project"

The direct care participants are also key research participants in the project.

Research contributors

Other major research contributors and key contacts include:

Professor Graham Meadows Southern Synergy, School of Psychiatry, Monash University
Prof Mike Slade Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
Adj A/Prof Jakqui Barnfield Mental Health Program, Monash Health
Associate Prof Brendan Murphy Pine Lodge Clinic
Ms Vrinda Edan Consumer and Carer Relations MH, Mental Health Program Monash Health
Ms Christine Thornton Eastern Region Mental Health Association (ERMHA Inc.)
Dr Margaret Grigg Mind Australia
Dr Lisa Brophy Mind Australia
Prof Grant Russell School of Primary Health Care, Faculty of MN&HS, Monash University
Associate Professor Harry Minas The University of Melbourne Centre for International Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
Dr Ritsuko Kakuma Centre for International Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
Prof Brett Inder Department of Econometrics & Business Statistics Monash University
Dr Penelope Weller RMIT University, Melbourne
Associate Prof Elisabeth Wilson-Evered Victoria University
Dr Ellie Fossey Department of Occupational Therapy School of Allied Health La Trobe University
John Julian Southern Synergy, School of Psychiatry, Monash University
Dr Joanne Brooker Cabrini Hospital
Prof David Clarke Community, Access & Partnerships, Mental Health Program Monash Health, Monash University.
Prof Danielle Mazza Department of General Practice, School of Primary Health Care, Monash University.

Management and advisory structure

The PULSAR project has developed a module based approach to undertaking the work, supported by an advisory structure to manage and guide its development.

Module structure

PULSAR project is being managed through a project steering group (Chair: Prof Graham Meadows), and Project Management Office managed by Professor Meadows. Each of the 4 modules has a task group and chairperson.

The module task groups and chairs are:

  • Adaptation Module (Chair's: John Julian and Christine Thornton)
  • Implementation Module (Chair: Penny Weller)
  • Research module (Chair: Lisa Brophy)
  • Dissemination module (Chair: Vrinda Edan)

Advisory groups

Two project advisory groups will be convened, one of consumers and family/carers (5-7 members) and a combined group of providers, consumers and family/carers (10-15 members).

PULSAR Newsletters

Contact for PULSAR project:

Phone: + 61 3 9902 9695
Email: pulsar.admin@monash.edu