Dr Ramesh Manocha is a medical practitioner and researcher currently based at the Discipline of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School, Sydney University, where he coordinates the Meditation Research Programme.
His PhD focused on evidence based application of meditation to a wide variety of issues including work stress, wellbeing & quality of life, chronic disease, menopause and ADHD. He has recently completed an extensive systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials of meditation which is just one of his unique contributions to the field of meditation research.
Currently Ramesh and his team are involved in developing meditation programmes for school-age children, which are already generating impressive outcomes with both teachers and students noticing the remarkable benefits.
Recently, Ramesh founded Generation Next which is a national educational programme aimed at educating professionals and parents about the mental health crisis facing our young people and how it can be dealt with. The Generation Next events have proved exceedingly popular with several thousand attending them each year. Generation Next is unique in its emphasis on the idea that to meaningfully tackle this crisis we need to look at not only improving diagnosis and treatment of mental illness but also actively pursue social and cultural change. Advancement of the mental health and wellbeing of our young people, and hence society as a whole, necessarily requires us to become social activists.
Ramesh is also recognised as a leading developer of professional education resources in the field of women’s and children’s health, mental health and adolescent medicine.
He is frequently engaged in Australia and overseas as a speaker, teacher and research consultant.