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Graham Meadows is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University. Since 2003 he has been Foundation Director of Southern Synergy, the Monash Health Adult Psychiatry Research, Training and Evaluation Centre, a Research Centre in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Professor Meadows is a prominent figure in innovation 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.

Prof Meadows has over 140 publications 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 and recovery-oriented practice. He has led editorial teams on an innovative major textbook for multidisciplinary mental health care 'Mental Health in Australia, Collaborative Community Practice', with three editions published by Oxford University Press in 2002, 2007 and 2012. A fourth edition is currently in preparation. He has established and/or developed multidisciplinary postgraduate 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 organizing committee and was Convener for the first Australian Mindfulness Science and Practice conference, held in Melbourne. With international keynotes and Michael Leunig as conference rapporteur this was a highly successful event with outstanding participant feedback.

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 $10 Million, leading 24 of these for over $6.3 million, including being principal investigator on two investigator-initiated multi-site clinical trials.

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 the forthcoming Second National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, building on published work from the first survey in 1997.

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

Research area keywords

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


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