Research support for health services

Interested in undertaking clinical research and improving patient care? We can help you develop your research skills.

Monash Rural Health provides training and support for hospital medical, nursing and allied health staff who want to undertake research in their area of expertise and interest.

In Traralgon and Warragul, part of Dr Anton Isaacs's role is to build the research capacity of the health services in those areas.

Introducing Anton Isaacs

Anton IsaacsAnton is a public health physician with an interest in innovative mental health service delivery. In India, Anton set up a rural mental health service outside Bangalore which has been successfully integrated into general medical services. His PhD from Monash University focussed on helping Aboriginal men with mental health problems to seek help and the response of mental health services to their needs. With the help of local Aboriginal Elders and mental health professionals, Anton developed an innovative primary health service model for early detection of mental illness among rural Aboriginal men called the Koorie Men's Health Day which is run regularly in Gippsland.

Anton has previously undertaken research and evaluation in the fields of, primary health care, HIV and AIDS, reproductive health and occupational health. He has also been involved in teaching medical and nursing students as well as community health workers. Anton is the co-editor of a special issue on Mental health services and suicide prevention strategies for Indigenous people for the journal Advances in Mental Health. He continues to work in the area of mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities in rural Victoria and recently evaluated the Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Pilot projects of the Victorian Government.