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Dr. Anton Isaacs is a public health physician with an interest in the mental health of rural and medically underserved communities. 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 help seeking of Aboriginal men with mental health problems 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. More recently, Anton has 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 one PhD candidate and is available to supervise 3 more.

Monash teaching commitment

Anton teaching Evidence Based Health Care to Year 3B medical students at Traralgon and Churchill in semester 1 and 2.

Community service

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


  • Mental health services research
  • Aboriginal suicide prevention

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Projects 2011 2020

Research Output 2006 2018

Concepts, Practices and Advantages of Spirituality Among People with a Chronic Mental Illness in Melbourne

Jones, S., Sutton, K. & Isaacs, A., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Religion and Health. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Delivering a diploma of community services (alcohol and other drugs and mental health) in the remote town of Katherine (NT): a case study

Girdler, X., Dhu, J. & Isaacs, A., 1 Jan 2018, In : Advances in Mental Health. 16, 1, p. 77-87 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Enabling interagency collaboration in providing comprehensive mental health care: the rise of the care coordinator

Isaacs, A. N. & Fenn, S., 1 Aug 2018, In : Australasian Psychiatry. 26, 4, p. 438-439 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review



Award for Outstanding Contribution

Anton Neville Isaacs (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Early Career Researcher publication prize

Anton Neville Isaacs (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Paul Harris Fellow (non Rotarian)

Anton Neville Isaacs (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2011 2016

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: Teaching EngagementsMentor/ 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

Stop Male Suicide in Victoria Seminar

Anton Neville Isaacs


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

A little research goes a long way

Anton Neville Isaacs


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment