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LifeSpan Coordinator to lead new research into suicide prevention

Everymind team member and LifeSpan Newcastle Coordinator, Dr Katie McGill has been named as one of the first six recipients to receive Higher Degree Research Scholarships under the National Suicide Prevention Research Fund.

Today Suicide Prevention Australia made the announcement, with Dr McGill allocated $105,000 in funding over three years to complete her PhD research on how routine data can inform best practice to better support people presenting to hospital following an incident of self-harm.

Dr McGill’s scholarship will be undertaken with the University of Newcastle, in partnership with Everymind, Hunter New England Local Health District, beyondblue and the Calvary Mater Newcastle, and will focus on using sentinel unit data to inform best practice for hospital-presenting deliberate self-harm.

Everymind Director Jaelea Skehan has welcomed today’s announcement as further recognition of the great work currently being carried out by Dr McGill.

“Katie is already a skilled researcher, clinician and project lead who has filled a number of roles across Hunter New England Health and Everymind, so she is an excellent candidate. I have no doubt that her research will lead to significant change locally and nationally.

“Suicide prevention practice and research deserves nothing less than our best and brightest and Katie is certainly one of those,” Ms Skehan said.

Dr McGill has expressed her excitement and is thankful for the opportunity to spend more time on research she is so passionate about.

“Knowing what works in suicide prevention in real world settings is dependent on having good quality data, local feedback loops, and the involvement of all key players.

“This scholarship builds on the great work that is already happening in Newcastle and provides opportunities to strengthen our local collaboration and build greater capacity to answer the questions we have around what works in suicide prevention,” Dr McGill said.

Dr McGill is one of six successful candidates to receive PhD scholarships totalling $630,000 in Australian Government funding from the National Research Prevention Fund and additional funding support from Anytime Fitness and Regional Bank Australia.

2018 Higher Degree Research Scholarship Recipients

Katie McGill, University of Newcastle | National Suicide Prevention Fund & Regional Australia Bank
Using sentinel unit data to inform best practice for hospital-presenting deliberate self-harm.
The project will explore deliberate self-poisoning as it presents in priority groups and in a regional setting, as well as investigate the impact on self-harm repetition outcomes of innovative services and policies.

Published: 28 November 2018