Published: 30 August, 2019
The Black Dog Institute is pleased to announce Senior Research Fellow, Dr Michelle Tye, has received the MHS award for service to mental health at the 2019 Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Tye won the award in the Early Career Research category, in recognition ofherpromising and leading-edge suicide prevention research contributing to the advancement of mental health service delivery. It was presented toDr Michelle Tye by The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Federal Minister for Health.
As Deputy Research Director for Black Dog Institute’s suicide prevention program, LifeSpan, Dr Tye’s research in this space has led the way in Australia’s first clinical research trial of an integrated, multilevel systems-approach to suicide prevention in communities.
Her research has contributed to innovation in national suicide data (e.g., hospitals, ambulance, coroners, and others) are being brought together, analysed, and reported on in ways that are more accessible, and most importantly understandable, to those who have key roles to play in suicide prevention planning and service delivery in communities.
“For the last four years, my research has focused on improving detection and prevention of suicide – a complex and devastating issue that can affect anyone, and which is often difficult to intervene in,” said Dr Tye.
“Receiving this award is a fantastic reminder of the extraordinary work being done at the Black Dog Institute in the suicide prevention space. It’s a humbling acknowledgement that the hard work of our team, and the grand vision of a mentally healthier society is making ground.”
The award was announced on 28th August 2019 at the annual The Mental Health Services Conference held in Brisbane, Queensland.
The Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand are presented annually by The Mental Health Services Learning Network to recognise and encourage best practice, excellence and innovation in mental health service delivery. The Mental Health Services Learning Network aims to promote positive attitudes about mental health and mental illness, and to stimulate debate that challenges the boundaries of knowledge and ideas about mental health care.
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