Professor Suresh Sundram is Chair and Head, Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University, Director of Research, Mental Health Program Monash Health and Director of Research, Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub, Cabrini Outreach in Melbourne, Australia.

He has been involved for seventeen years in asylum seeker mental health. He is an expert consultant on asylum seeker and refugee mental health to the UNHCR and has provided similar expert advice to the: UN; UN Commission on Human Rights; Australian Human Rights Commission; Australian Department of Home Affairs; US State Department; the Governments of Papua New Guinea, Republic of Nauru, and Sri Lanka; and numerous non-government organisations.

He has established pro bono health services for asylum seekers, most recently with Cabrini, the Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub providing primary care and specialist mental health services in the state of Victoria.

He has published and presented nationally and internationally his research work in the mental health of asylum seekers and refugees with multiple national and international collaborators.


Recent papers

Development and validation of a mental health screening tool for asylum-seekers and refugees: the STAR-MH, DC Hocking, SG Mancuso, S Sundram. BMC psychiatry, 2018: 18(1), 1-14.

The mental health of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island, S Sundram, P Ventevogel. The Lancet, 2017: 390 (10112), 2534-2536.

Moral Injury Related to Immigration Detention on Nauru: A Qualitative Study, S Passardi et al. (under review).

Environmental factors predictive of psychological symptoms in adolescent refugees in the initial post-resettlement phase, DC Hocking, S Sundram (submitted).


Recent presentations

S Sundram. Health of refugees and asylum seekers in post-migration phase.

UN Migration Network Working Group on Alternatives to Detention: How to sustain and expand the use of alternatives to immigration detention in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic? Geneva, 17/11/2020.

S Sundram. COVID-19: The impacts on mental health and re-traumatisation for migrants and refugees in Australia.

Migration Council of Australia. Canberra, 26/05/2020.