Research Reference Group

MATES Program foundations are built on research performed by a broad, diverse and rich bank of academics. Research has been conducted by AISRAP, Newcastle University, University of Queensland, University of South Australia, University of Central Queensland, Deakin University, University of Melbourne and Murdoch University among many others.

MATES' close collaboration with key researchers has enabled development of extensive, peer-reviewed evaluations from a multitude of sources which support the MATES program logic.

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ALLISON MILNER MEMORIAL PHD SCHOLARSHIP

2024 ROUND APPLICATIONS

MEMBERS OF THE MATES RESEARCH REFERENCE GROUP

QUEENSLAND

Victoria Ross

Dr Victoria Ross is a senior research fellow at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP). Her key research areas are workplace mental health and suicide prevention, suicide bereavement support, and suicide prevention program evaluation.

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New South Wales

Michael Quinlan

Michael Quinlan PhD, FASSA is Emeritus Professor of industrial relations at UNSW. His expertise and research focus is on occupational health and safety (OHS), especially the effects of work organisation (like subcontracting and precarious work) and regulation, including detailed research especially in the construction, road transport and mining industries.

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QUEENSLAND

Associate Professor Jacinta Hawgood

Dr. Jacinta Hawgood is Senior Lecturer and Program Director of Suicidology at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), where she has worked since 2000. Jacinta has a passion for supporting people in suicidal distress as well as their families, and educating those who work in suicide prevention, from service providers to policy makers.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Simon Tyler

Simon Tyler (B. Psych. Sci. (Hons), MS. Psychology) is a PhD Candidate for the University of South Australia’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group (Division of Health Sciences). He is also the recipient of the Inaugural Allison Milner Memorial Fund Scholarship with his work aimed at furthering understanding of the nature and drivers of suicide in the construction industry.

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QUEENSLAND

Victoria Ross

Dr Victoria Ross is a senior research fellow at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP). Her key research areas are workplace mental health and suicide prevention, suicide bereavement support, and suicide prevention program evaluation.

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New South Wales

Michael Quinlan

Michael Quinlan PhD, FASSA is Emeritus Professor of industrial relations at UNSW. His expertise and research focus is on occupational health and safety (OHS), especially the effects of work organisation (like subcontracting and precarious work) and regulation, including detailed research especially in the construction, road transport and mining industries.

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QUEENSLAND

Associate Professor Jacinta Hawgood

Dr. Jacinta Hawgood is Senior Lecturer and Program Director of Suicidology at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), where she has worked since 2000. Jacinta has a passion for supporting people in suicidal distress as well as their families, and educating those who work in suicide prevention, from service providers to policy makers.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Simon Tyler

Simon Tyler (B. Psych. Sci. (Hons), MS. Psychology) is a PhD Candidate for the University of South Australia’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group (Division of Health Sciences). He is also the recipient of the Inaugural Allison Milner Memorial Fund Scholarship with his work aimed at furthering understanding of the nature and drivers of suicide in the construction industry.

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From our researchers

“I have been involved in research into suicide prevention since 1987, and was Chairman of Suicide Prevention Australia from 1995-2001. My colleagues and I, over the years, have published over 120 suicide prevention research papers in international journals. I was invited to become a Board member of Mates in Construction (Qld), and had the privilege over five years to watch MATES evolve into a carefully developed program that clearly grabbed the attention of workers in the industry keen to support their mates through hard times. We have published research demonstrating how the program works, but also how it prevents suicides — that is ‘outcome research’ (so rare in social sciences). We have demonstrated that MATES saves lives and is implicated in reduction of the male suicide rate in Queensland. Clearly, the MATES program is unique, soundly conceived and effective. It is undoubtedly in the public interest for State Governments to implement policies that provide sustainable levels of funding to promote the reach of this outstanding program. I would urge the WA Government to support MATES in WA and provide sustainable funding that will save lives.”

– Graham Martin OAM, MD, MBBS, FRANZCP, DPM, Professor Emeritus Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, The University of Queensland

“I have undertaken significant research into the impact of the MATES in Construction program and played a role in the program’s ongoing evidence-based improvement processes. The program is clearly making a substantial contribution to changing the culture of the construction industry in relation to mental health and suicide. It is undoubtedly saving many lives and delivering improved wellbeing for workers and their families.”

- Jacinta Hawgood; BSSc, BPsy(Hons), MClinPsy, MAPS , Senior Lecturer | Program Director Suicidology, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University.