Monica Hadges

Study Background: My research interest is tele-mental health. The study is investigating interdisciplinary e-collaboration involving mental health consumers and clinicians in real time, via non-recorded videoconferencing across practice locations. The PhD title is:

Client Informed & Involved E-Collaboration for Better Access Mental Health: Attitudes and Capabilities for Future Practice

This PhD research has MBS provider and client stakeholder input. The study will adopt a mixed method design and involve each type of stakeholder in the service design and program evaluation. I am interested in improving e-collaboration specific for Australia’s Better Access to Mental Health private practice workforces. The development of sustainable, client-informed and involved e- collaboration for our inter-disciplinary mental health private / public practice service response is essential to increase and refine capacity.


Current Projects: I work part-time with the Early in Life (ELMHS) team of the Monash Mental Health Program as a Senior Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Educator (2012-). I am responsible for the ELMHS professional development and stakeholder engagement activities for this SE Victorian public mental health service. Prior to this, I was the Mental Health Coordinator of the Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Adolescent Health from 2004-2011 and worked as a clinical specialist with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health from 2015-2017. Before this, I was part of the multidisciplinary team within the Seattle Children’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine from 2000-2004. I have consulted in the mental health sector since the 1990’s in Australia and in the USA from 1996-2004.
My career to date has included academic teaching in the mental health sector for Orygen and RCH, graduate training / licensing in the USA (Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy and Licensed Mental Health Clinician, NBCC), undergraduate and graduate education in Australia, combined with extensive clinical practice in child, adolescent, adult, family, youth-specific, tertiary and community mental health. I commenced private practice in 2005, and specialise in anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and co-occurring chronic illness. I lead and develop a range of professional development.

Academic Aims for the Future: I am keen to continue teaching and contributing to the academic advancement of telemental health in Australia. As a AMHSW and MBS provider, I am aware of the discipline-specific professional silo’s that can be a barrier to consumer recovery and participation. As an interdisciplinary Practioner with International experience across psychiatry and behavioural medicine, adolescent health, mental health and MBS consulting, I am keen to further integrate skills and knowledge across disciplines for the benefit of professional and consumers. A client-informed and outcome driven psychotherapist, my interest lies in helping consumers be an active part of their treatment planning, recovery and in unifying the mental health sector. I enjoy lecturing and intend to continue presenting in Australia and around the world at conferences and other professional development activities. Interdisciplinary practice and research has been, and remains a strong professional interest, commitment and skill.

What you hope to contribute to the mental health graduate circle? I look forward to participating in the activities and program, and meeting others innovating in the mental health sector. I offer a depth of practice experience across adolescent, youth and family mental health, with knowledge of chronic illness co-morbidity, complex trauma and a range of evidence-based interventions such as CBT, IPT, ACT and CDOI.

What you hope to learn from mental health hub members? I hope to be inspired by the lectures, and network with others for advancement opportunities, to share learnings that can increase capacity repose and services for our global community.