Department of Health and Human Services
Health and Wellbeing oversees the policy, system design, planning and funding of mental health services and supports the capability of health and human services to respond to mental ill health. The division supports best practice approaches to clinical care through the Victorian Cancer Agency, health and medical research, international health engagement, and policy development.
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PROJECT 1: Examination of the risk of suicide (CLOSED)
Preventing suicide is a priority of the Victorian Government, and the Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework 2016-25 establishes a goal to halve Victoria's suicide rate by 2025, and commits to building a stronger, more accessible evidence base. This PhD will explore population groups that may be at higher risk of suicide and will focus on exploring the epidemiology of and trajectory to suicide in Victoria in order to better target effective prevention and intervention efforts.
PROJECT 2: High and low falls amongst community-dwelling older adults (CLOSED)
High and low falls make up an increasing proportion of trauma cases. Victorian trauma data indicate that deaths due to falls exceeded deaths due to transport-related deaths for the fifth consecutive year. Low falls are the greatest cause of death amongst older people. Further, major trauma occurring in the home increased over the five year period and is the second most common place of injury. This includes more falls from ladders and roofs. This PhD will address the contributing factors to falls and injury outcomes through an analysis of high and low falls data from the Victorian State Trauma Registry, and from administrative datasets of the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU). It will also evaluate/review falls prevention interventions currently offered in Victoria that focus on community-dwelling older people with the aim to propose enhanced or new falls prevention community intervention/s that would be consistent with healthy and active ageing government policy directions.