Dr Susie Fletcher is the Deputy Lead of the Integrated Mental Health Research Program at the Department of General Practice. Susie joined the Department in 2015, prior to which she spent over seven years at Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. She has over 50 peer-reviewed and knowledge translation publications, and over $5.8m in research income. Susie's primary interest is in improving the identification and management of mental health conditions in the general community. To this end, her work seeks to improve the prediction of disorder onset and treatment response, and to develop and test novel interventions and models of care in order to address unmet mental health need. She is an investigator on a large Department of Health-funded trial, working closely with Primary Health Network Lead Sites to test a new, systematic approach to stepped mental health care in general practice. She is also an investigator on an NHMRC-funded trial of an intervention to support appropriate deprescribing of antidepressants in primary care. Susie is co-chair of the Human Ethics Advisory Group at the Department of General Practice and serves on the Expert Advisory Group for the Department of Health’s National Assessment, Triage, and Referral Project. She has made significant contributions to mental health practice through her role in the development of national treatment guidelines for post-traumatic stress disorder, and guides to the assessment and treatment of common mental health problems in primary care.
1. 2019 – 2024. Gunn J, Fletcher S, Ng C, Chen T, Chondros P, Mangin D. STOPS: A randomised trial of a STructured Online intervention to Promote and Support antidepressant de-prescribing in primary care. National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant. $1,727,050. 2. 2018. Fletcher S. The post-Prozac era: How can we reduce inappropriate antidepressant use in primary care? Dyason Fellowship. $5,000. 3. 2017 – 2020. Pirkis J, Gunn J, Harris M, Mihalopoulos C, Burgess P, Palmer V, Spittal M, Bassilos B, Fletcher S, Cameron J. Primary Health Network mental health reform lead site project evaluation. Australian Government Department of Health. $5,449,961. 4. 2016-2018. Gunn S, Fletcher S, Otjes C, Hoyer D. The STOP study: Sensible Timely Options for reducing inappropriate antidepressant use in general practice. Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd (TGL) / Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Research Grant. $19,787. 5. 2016. Fletcher S. Focussed conversations as a model for building links between the University and recently formed Primary Health Networks. Melbourne Engagement Grants (Building Engagement Capacity). $9,962.
Education and training
University of Melbourne 2015
Bond University 2005
Deakin University 2004
Awards and honors
Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship, University of Melbourne,
I have supervised 2 Honours (collaborative care for depression and explaining antidepressants to patients) and 2 Medical Degree Research Project students (management of sub-threshold depression and perceptions of online therapy). I currently supervise 1 PhD student who is exploring motivational interviewing as a patient-centred intervention for multimorbidity. I have also supervised a GP academic registrar who investigated general practice patients' use of apps to manage depression. My students have presented their work at national conferences and submitted papers to high impact journals. Their projects have involved conducting interviews with general practice patients and members of the community, and/or examining existing data.