UDRH staff

Academic team


Professor Darryl Maybery spent 15 years as a mental health clinician and psychologist in the areas of drug and alcohol counselling, prison psychology and employee assistance. He commenced his academic career in 1999 at La Trobe University in Wodonga after completing his PhD in the stress and wellbeing field from James Cook University. After a further five years teaching statistics and research methods, mostly to distance education students at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga), he commenced as the Mental Health Academic at MUDRIH in Gippsland in 2009.  He is currently head of research supporting the research staff.

He has over 80 publications and multiple research projects involving rural, urban and international collaborations. A focal research area, with multiple Australian and International collaborators is in relation to vulnerable families and in particular those affected by parental mental illness.  The aim of this work is to stop the cycle of mental illness in families.

Anton Isaacs 

Dr Anton Isaacs
Senior Lecturer

Dr. Anton Isaacs is a public health physician with an interest in the design and implementation of mental health services. In India, Anton set up Maanasi, a rural mental health service outside Bangalore which has been successfully integrated into general medical services. In Australia, Anton developed the Koori Men’s Health Day - an innovative primary health service model for early detection of mental illness among rural Aboriginal men with the help of local Aboriginal Elders and mental health professionals.

Anton has also been involved in mental health program evaluations such as the Aboriginal Youth Suicide prevention program of the Victorian Government and the Partners in Recovery program of Gippsland Medicare Local. In his current role, Anton also mentors students and hospital clinicians (doctors, nurses and allied health workers) in undertaking short research projects. Anton currently supervises two PhD candidates and is available to supervise three more.

Anton coordinates the following teaching units and tutors Evidence Based Clinical Practice for Year 3 medical students at West Gippsland.

  • SRH 3001 - Health and health care practices of communities (Undergraduate)
  • SRH 5000 - Health and Health care practices for communities (Postgraduate)

Dr Keith Sutton

Keith is a registered psychiatric nurse with extensive experience as a clinician, manager and bureaucrat in Australia and England. His PhD investigated the impact of the Gippsland Mental Health Vacation School program upon student participants’ interest in rural mental health work.  As the Mental Health Academic, Keith coordinates the mental health program at MUDRH. Keith’s research interests include rural health workforce, rural mental health workforce, and addressing behavioural health issues in rural communities.

Eleanor Mitchell 

Eleanor Mitchell

Dr Eleanor Mitchell is based in Bairnsdale at the clinical school where her role involves assisting academics and health professionals to establish their own research and program evaluations. She is currently involved in several education and community-based research programs and evaluations. Eleanor has a PhD in developmental urogenital research, which she completed in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Monash University. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) focussing on the effects of twin births on kidney development.

Dr Eli Ristevski

Eli's PhD investigated the role of voluntary organisations in the care of people with a chronic illness. Her current research work investigates the care, treatment, psychosocial and supportive care needs of people diagnosed with cancer and pathways for health professionals to incorporate evidence based practice into routine cancer care.

Susan Waller

Dr Susan Waller
Senior Lecurer

Sue is a Senior Lecturer in Interprofessional Education and responsible for interprofessional collaboration leadership through coordination of the development, delivery and evaluation of interprofessional education and practice practices programs across the school and Gipplsand Health Services.

Professional team

Cathy Beamish
Administrative Officer
Telephone: +61 3 5128 1000
Email: cathy.beamish@monash.edu

Cathy manages all student accommodation for the department. This includes the dormitory style accommodation in Moe/Newborough and leased houses in Warragul and Traralgon.
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Clare Plozza
Senior Officer - Warragul & Leongatha
Telephone: +61 3 5128 1015
Email: clare.plozza@monash.edu

Clare provides operational management of the administrative function at Monash Rural Health’s Warragul and South Gippsland clinical training sites. Having commenced with Monash in 2005, Clare’s expertise is in academic support, university policy, improvement activities and project coordination within Monash Rural Health. Clare was a recipient of the Monash Staff Study Support program and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts & Social Sciences (Communication major) degree in 2015.