Health Services Research Program

Coordinator: Dr Joanne Enticott

Place-based Suicide Prevention Trials

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) commissioned Southern Synergy and the Sax Institute to conduct the initial evaluation work for the Place-Based Suicide Prevention Trials (PBSPTs), which aims to improve individual resilience and wellbeing and create systems change that will help to prevent suicide in an ongoing way.

View the Place-based Suicide Prevention Trials for further information.

The PULSAR Project

PULSAR stands for ‘Principles Unite Local Services Assisting Recovery'. Recovery Oriented Practice involves supporting a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

View the PULSAR Project for further information.

Equity in mental health services

A long-standing interest of the Centre has been to pursue research activities oriented towards supporting better understanding of and attention to issues of equity in service needs and delivery responses in Australia and elsewhere. We have worked with survey and activity data sets to pursue research questions in this area to produce the publications listed below. In recent years, we have also made a practice of annual contributions to ‘The Conversation’.

View the Equity in mental health services page for further information.

Refugee Mental Health

This work began with a Monash Health funded study investigating mental health problems in local clinics and is now extended to work with a major national dataset.

View the Refugee Mental Health page for further information.

Simulation Modelling for Mental Health Services

This involves the application of modelling technology to inform mental  healthcare change management by incorporating epidemiological, service  activity and budgetary data into pragmatic and relevant decision  analysis and support tools.

View the Simulation project for further information.

Key Southern Synergy staff are members of the National Mental Health systems Modelling Network which is co-ordinated from the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research.

Primary Mental Health Care Research

This area of health system design and evaluation has been long standing interest in the key staff of the centre. Follow the links below for further information: