1986 …2023

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Personal profile


Graham Meadows has three adjunct professorial roles with Monash University. These are in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, The School of Primary and Allied Health Care, and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He also has an Honorary Professorial role with the University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and is employed as a Consultant Psychiatrist with Monash Health. From 2003 to early 2023 he was Foundation Director of Southern Synergy, the Monash Health Adult Psychiatry Research, Training and Evaluation Centre.

Professor Meadows is a prominent figure in innovation and evaluation in mental health care in Australia, with national and international profiles in areas such as GP shared care, resource distribution, applications of mindfulness in clinical mental health practice, and recovery-oriented practice. His research, clinical leadership, policy advisory and training activities have reflected continuing commitment to a value base including equity, empowerment, efficiency and sound use of evidence at all levels of healthcare delivery and planning.

After medical training in the UK, Graham Meadows gained postgraduate experience there in General Practice, Epidemiology, Public Health and Internal Medicine including gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He then qualified and practiced in Psychiatry at leading institutions in the UK and Australia. From 1993 onwards Graham established a prominent position in Australia in fields of primary care psychiatry and applied epidemiology, including working as Clinical Lead of the NorthWest Area Mental Health Service, contributing to development of models of GP liaison, multidisciplinary training, individual and population needs assessment where the development of the Perceived Need for Care Questionnaire (PNCQ) was the subject of his Doctoral research thesis. From 2001 to 2022 he was the RANZCP representative on the Australian General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration.

Prof Meadows has over 200 publications of different kinds spanning topic areas including: epidemiology of eating disorders; assessment of psychiatric disorders in people with intellectual disability; the role of the police in mental health care; ethical and evidence-based approaches to mental health care resource distribution; collaborative shared care models, population and individual needs assessment; smoking cessation and mental health problems; health services epidemiology; mindfulness based psychological approaches in depression; depression and headache; health economics, educational evaluations, simulation modelling,  evaluation methodology, recovery-oriented practice, social and cultural  iatrogenesis, and psychological impacts of climate change. He has led editorial teams on an innovative major textbook for multidisciplinary mental health care, with four editions published by Oxford University Press in 2002, 2007, 2012 and the latest, 'Mental Health Collaborative Community Practice; an Australian Perspective' in 2021. He has established and/or contributed to multidisciplinary postgraduate and undergraduate courses in mental health and has been an invited expert speaker at international conferences on topics including translational research in mindfulness and GP Shared-Care. A longstanding contributor to multiple conference committees, in 2013 he chaired the organising committee and was Convener for the first Australian Mindfulness Science and Practice Conference, held in Melbourne. More recently he co-chaired the Organising and Program Committees for the International Conference on Mindfulness - Asia Pacific, held online, with local events in Melbourne and Auckland, from November 15-18, 2022.

He is a member of the International Federation for Psychiatric Epidemiology, the Asia-Pacific Mindfulness Network, the International Access MBCT Register, and of the World Psychiatric Association Section of Epidemiology and Public Health. He is an active journal reviewer as documented on his publons profile. He is on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Mental Health Systems and the Q1 journal Mindfulness. He has been an investigator on 35 grants, for over $11.5 Million, leading 24 of these for over $6.3 million, including being principal investigator on two investigator-initiated multi-site clinical trials.

Now semi-retired, he continues to seek to contribute as an active thinker and researcher from adjunct, honorary, advisory, consultancy and reviewing roles.

Research interests

Health services epidemiology

Health services research

Mindfulness in Therapeutic interventions

Workforce development, particularly multidisciplinary approaches to clinical and professional education and development

Primary care psychiatry

Mental health economics

Supervision interests

Epidemiology of Health Service Use, particularly making use of the opportunities afforded to secondary analytical work by releases of Australian Bureau of Statistics and Medicare data sets.

Mindfulness and mental health problems, including work on mechanisms of action, and clinical applications - working from the base of MBCT

Primary mental health care and effective models of linkage with specialist services

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Epidemiological Analysis
  • Health Services Epidemiology
  • Meditation Practices
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental health
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapies

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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