Suicide rates among construction workers is 1.7 times higher than that of other male workers in Australia, with approximately one worker death a week by suicide.
We are partnering with Incolink - a provider of mental health training and services to the construction industry – to evaluate the effectiveness of the industry’s recently developed Bluehats Suicide Prevention program.
This research aims to reduce the rate of suicide within the sector by optimising the impact of the program.
Providing strategies for parents of adolescents with mental health problems
Adolescence can be a vulnerable developmental stage, their social and family lives. Research in the Turner is responding to the risk of longer-term adolescent mental health problems by enhancing their parents’ capacity through evidence-based parenting strategies and resources.
Partners In Parenting is a program that provides parents with practical, personalised strategies and skills to support their teen’s mental wellbeing. We have partnered with mental health charity Prevention United, to make the program freely available to parents across Australia.
Resilience in the face of global pandemic
COVID-19 has presented one of the most significant mental health challenges of this century, with young adults reporting heightened states of anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation.
In collaboration with Harvard University, our researchers have been working with the Center for Disease Control to assess public attitudes, behaviours, and beliefs related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and to evaluate the mental and behavioural health consequences of the pandemic.
This research aims to shape the design and delivery of targeted communication and intervention strategies to improve public health efforts and save lives.
Reducing roadside trauma
In Australia, at least one person is killed every day, and 198 more are severely injured, due to excessive fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel.
We have been working with the Department of Transport in conjunction with the Transport Accident Commission and Victoria Police towards the reduction of road trauma in Victoria.
We have been working towards establishing sleep-related limits of safe driving and testing our capacity to measure fatigue. The research is ground-breaking, by developing the first road-side test for fatigue this project should deliver major societal benefits and a reduction in deaths and injury as a result of driver fatigue.