UDRH staff

Academic team

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Professor Darryl Maybery
Director MUDRH/Professor Rural Mental Health

Professor Darryl Maybery works in the Monash University Department of Rural Health (UDRH). For 15 years he was 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 the Director of Monash University Department of Rural Health, and Professor Rural Mental Health in the School of Rural Health.

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.

Helen Chambers
Data Manager/Research Officer

Helen graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Microbiology) and then Diploma of Education (Melbourne College of Education). Helen is now employed as data manager/research officer for MUDRH where she uses her skills/knowledge to develop databases and run analysis for projects as required by researchers.

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.

Hanan Khalil

Dr Hanan Khalil
Senior Lecturer/Pharmacist Academic

Hanan’s position at the school involves providing advisory, mentoring and developmental support to students, interns and pharmacists practising in University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) areas. She is also the Director of the centre of Chronic Disease management, an affiliated centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute, specialising in evidence transfer and utilisation. Joanna Briggs Institute Hanan has been involved in teaching and mentoring students from various disciplines such as pharmacy, nursing and medicine. Her main areas of research include evidence based health care and medication management in aged care. Hanan is also a practicing accredited pharmacist involved in providing medication reviews to aged care facilities.

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Sarah Lee
Research Assistant

Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Psychology and Abuse Studies in 2012, she then went on to complete her Master of Research in Psychology in 2013. Sarah worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in the UK for eighteen months and completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychological Therapies in 2014 before moving to Australia 15 months ago. Sarah is currently working at MUDRH as a research assistant, focussing on rural mental health projects..

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

Marillyn Harkness
Office Coordinator
Telephone: +61 3 5128 1004
Email: marillyn.harkness@monash.edu

Marillyn supports the Department in the areas of finance, HR, OH&S, maintenance and oversees administration.

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
Graduate Research Officer
Telephone: +61 3 5128 1015
Email: clare.plozza@monash.edu

Clare commenced with the Department of Rural Health in 2005 and is the Course Administrator for the Master of Advanced Health Care Practice. Clare supports the Education program and provides administrative support for the School’s Graduate Research portfolio.