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PhD projects

1 Severe mental illness in rural primary care 2 Health and wellbeing of rural Veterans


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Personal profile

Research interests

I am a public health physician with an interest in the mental health of rural and medically underserved communities. My research focusses on the design, implementation and evaluation of mental health and wellbeing services.

The first mental health service I designed and implemented was called MAANASI in rural Karnataka (India). Following my PhD at Monash University which focused on help seeking for mental health problems by Aboriginal men and the service response, I co-designed a model for early detection of mental health problems among Aboriginal men called the Koori Men's Health Day. I also supported the development of JEKKORA - an Aboriginal model of early identification, and support of persons with psychological distress and suicidal ideation in rural communities.

I am also interested in evaluating mental health and suicide prevention services. My current projects focus on ways to improve care for persons with severe mental illness.

The following are my open access publications

Article in The Conversation on poverty and mental illness.

Article on lower income levels and psychological distress in Australia.

Article on the usefulness of care coordination for persons with severe mental illness.

Article for AEON magazine on 'Chemobrain'

Supervision interests

I currently supervise 2 PhD students with the following topics:

  1. The Spiritual Path: the benefits of spirituality in nature for mental health, wellbeing and recovery 
  2. Nurses as Second Victims of Death and Dying in Clinical Practice

Monash teaching commitment

I currently teach Evidence Based Clinical Practice to 3rd year medical students in semester 1 and 2. I also deliver lectures on Indigenous mental health to 4th year medical students.

Community service

I am a past Deputy Chair of the Board of Governance of SNAP Gippsland Inc., a Mental Health Community Support Service based in Gippsland, Victoria.

I am also a past Chair of the Advisory Committee of Marist Sion College, Warragul.

Education/Academic qualification

Mental health services, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 14 Jun 2011

Community Health, MD, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences

Award Date: 14 Dec 2001

Medicine, MBBS, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences

Award Date: 15 Dec 1994

Research area keywords

  • Mental health services research
  • Health services research
  • Stress related disorders
  • Healthcare
  • Internship

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Research Output

Job satisfaction of rural medical interns: A qualitative study

Isaacs, A. N., Raymond, A., Jacob, A. & Hawkings, P., 26 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : The Australian Journal of Rural Health. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A care coordination model can facilitate interagency collaboration when designing recovery-oriented services

Isaacs, A. N. & Firdous, F., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 57, 5, p. 38-43 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Care coordination: an alternative to service system integration

Isaacs, A., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Care coordination can reduce unmet needs of persons with severe and persistent mental illness

Isaacs, A., Beauchamp, A., Sutton, K. & Kocaali, N., 9 Aug 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychiatry. 10, 10 p., 563.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access


Award for Outstanding Contribution

Isaacs, Anton (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Early Career Researcher publication prize

Isaacs, Anton (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Paul Harris Fellow (non Rotarian)

Isaacs, Anton (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Advances in Mental Health (Journal)

Anton Isaacs (Guest editor)


Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

TheMHS Summer Forum 2015

Anton Isaacs (Invited speaker)

19 Feb 201520 Feb 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Doctoral student supervision

Anton Isaacs (Supervisor)


Activity: Other Teaching Engagements and non-HDR SupervisionsMentor/ Internship supervision

Invited Delegate - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health Round Table

Anton Isaacs (Contributor)

23 Jun 201424 Jun 2014

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Anton Isaacs (Member)

13 Jun 2012

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Press / Media

Chemobrain is real. Here’s what to expect after cancer treatment

Anton Isaacs


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Stop Male Suicide in Victoria Seminar

Anton Isaacs


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

A little research goes a long way

Anton Isaacs


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Koorie Men's Health Day - Interview with People First Radio, Vancouver

Anton Isaacs


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview