Academic 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.


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.