SWITCH Research Group

Social Work Innovation, Transformation and Collaboration in Health (SWITCH) Research Group is the newest research group of Monash University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

The Group Director is Dr Melissa Petrakis, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work, School of Primary and Allied Health Care (SPAHC), at Caulfield Campus. Dr Petrakis commenced the research group Tuesday 19th March 2019 – on World Social Work Day. For 2019 the global theme for social workers is Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships. It was a fitting day to formalise research relationships that have taken shape over the last 5 years.

The research group brings together 12 industry-partnership research studies, being carried out over the next 5 years led by Chief Investigator Dr Melissa Petrakis. The studies include exceptional practice-based research in health and mental health services and sectors, including Senior Clinician co-researchers and partnership organisations. The studies being undertaken under SWITCH include the involvement of 4 health networks, 3 universities, 2 mental health community support services, 12 research students and 12 practitioners.

Partners include:

  • St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne), Mental Health Service,
  • Nexus Dual Diagnosis Advisory Service, a program of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative,
  • Neami National,
  • Wellways Australia,
  • University of Newcastle, Potential Enabling Program Participant Research (PEPPR) register,
  • Eastern Health, Mental Health Service,
  • Epworth HealthCare, Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit.

Enquiries about the work of the group, individual studies, and interest from prospective Masters and PhD students, in the first instance please contact melissa.petrakis@monash.edu

Photo: Dr Melissa Petrakis with Senior Clinician and Monash practice-based PhD researcher Kevan Myers at the World Social Work Day 2019 event at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne

Research studies being conducted within SWITCH:

SWITCH research partners