The PULSAR (Principles Unite Local Services Assisting Recovery) project was a training and research project funded by the Victorian State Government's Mental Illness Research Fund (MIRF). The project tested 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 was 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 supported recovery-oriented practice involving community mental health services, primary care and the community managed sector. In the project we adapted 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 used 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 delivered these interventions and evaluated the process in a carefully designed trial format. The aim of the work was 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.

PULSAR manual for Specialist and Community Mental Health Services

Direct Care/Support Delivery participants

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

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

Research contributors

Research Investigators

Other major research contributors and key contacts include:

Prof. 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 Associate Prof. Jakqui Barnfield Director of Nursing / Operations Director at Monash Health, Mental Health
Prof. Brendan Murphy Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and is the principal medical adviser to the Minister and the Department of Health
Ms Vrinda Edan PhD Candidate | Consumer Academic, Medicine, Dentistry and Health sciences, The University of Melbourne
Ms Christine Thornton CEO - Core Advanced Technologies Ltd
Dr Margaret Grigg Mind Australia
Associate Prof. Lisa Brophy Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, and Principal Research Fellow at Mind Australia
Prof. Grant Russell Head of School / Director SAPCRU, School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Monash University
Associate Prof. 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
Prof. Penelope Weller Professor and Director, Juris Doctor Program, RMIT University, Melbourne
Associate Prof Elisabeth Wilson-Evered Professor of Business at Victoria University
Prof. Ellie FosseyHead and Graduate Research Co-ordinator, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Monash University
Mr John Julian Southern Synergy, School of Psychiatry, Monash University
Dr Joanne Brooker Research Fellow, ANZIC-Research Centre, Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Alfred
Prof. David ClarkePsychiatrist, Professor of Psychological Medicine, Program Director of Mental Health at Monash Health
Prof. Danielle Mazza Head, Department of General Practice, School of Primary Health Care, Monash University.

If you are not listed here and feel you have contributed to the PULSAR project please contact us e: pulsar.admin@monash.edu

Management and advisory structure

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

Project Steering Group


Graham Meadows, Christine Thornton, Jakqui Barnfield, Margaret Grigg, Vrinda Edan.

Graham Meadows (Chair), Vrinda Edan, Jakqui Barnfield, Christine Thornton, Glen Prewett, Margaret Grigg.

Graham Meadows (Chair), Vrinda Edan, George Osman, Alys Boase, Glen Prewett, Margaret Grigg.


Graham Meadows (Chair), Vrinda Edan, Hugo Steinbergs, Alys Boase, George Osman, Shane Price.

Graham Meadows (Chair), Lisa Brophy, Vrinda Edan, Hugo Steinbergs, Alys Boase, Paula Hakesley, Shane Price, Frances Shawyer, Joanne Enticott, Graham Meadows, David Clarke, Michael Harrison.


Module structure

PULSAR project was 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, Christine Thornton & Graham Meadows)
  • Implementation Module (Chair: Penny Weller)
  • Research module (Chair: Lisa Brophy)
  • Dissemination module (Chair: Vrinda Edan)

PULSAR Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP)

We acknowledge the contribution of the following people to our LEAP: Vrinda Edan (Chair), Ellie Fossey (co-chair), Salome Argyropoulos, Katrina Clarke, Priscilla Ennals, Michelle Kehoe, Julien McDonald, Peter McKenzie, Wendy Muller, Joanne Sheedy, Michael Sillekens and Lorelle Zemunik.

Project Staff

We acknowledge the work of the following contributors to the PULSAR project:

PULSAR research staff: Ms Annie Bruxner, Ms Kimberly Buck, Dr Lisa Chaffey, Ms Michelle Kehoe, Dr Mehmet Özmen, Dr Shiva Vasi.

PULSAR fieldwork staff: Mr Jaspal Bhogal, Ms Jennifer Bibb, Ms Zelal Bircan, Ms Kimberly Buck, Dr Lisa Chaffey, Ms Angela Chen, Ms Sharon Clifford, Mr Andrew Davis, Ms Jessie Fay, Ms Leanne Gordon, Ms Annemarie Hindle, Ms Jackie Jenkins, Ms Maria Katergaris, Ms Michelle Kehoe, Ms So-An Lao, Ms Milsa Kamusoko, Mr Julian Matthews, Ms Valentinna Mehdizadeh, Mr Tony Mowbray, Ms Sarah Mumford, Ms Kristi-Ann Villagonzalo, Ms Lorelle Zemunick.

PULSAR trainers: Ms Leonie Davey, Mr Richard Kasperczyk, Ms Michelle Kehoe, Ms Nita Mahbubani, Ms Lisa Reed, and Ms Zoe Smith.

PULSAR administration staff: Ms Sharon Clifford, Ms Debbie Lang and Ms Rachel Rodrigues.


Student Associates: Jeremy Lim & Bill Nguyen.

International Advisors

REFOCUS team: Dr Victoria Bird, Dr Mary Leamy, and other members of the REFOCUS team.

We have only listed names of those who have given permission to be included. If you are not listed here and feel you have contributed to the PULSAR project please contact us e: pulsar.admin@monash.edu


CALD newsletters:

PULSAR Newsletters

Contact for PULSAR project:

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