Black Dog Institute researcher named a TRIP Fellow
Published: 20 November, 2017
Suicide prevention researcher receives funding boost through Medical Research Future Fund Fellowship.
Dr Fiona Shand has been recognised as among Australia’s next generation of medical researchers, receiving a coveted Fellowship through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).
Announced by Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt, Dr Shand was named as one of ten MRFF Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellows in recognition of her suicide prevention research. TRIP Fellowships support researchers across various health-related fields to close the knowledge-to-practice gap, helping to save lives and improve treatment outcomes.
The funding of $179,118 over two years will support Dr Shand’s work developing best-evidence care for people following a suicide attempt, with the Fellowship commencing in 2018.
Up to fifteen percent of people who attempt suicide will have a repeat attempt within one year, making the period immediately following discharge from care a particularly dangerous time. Dr Shand’s research aims to improve outpatient care for people following a suicide attempt, leveraging Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan trial – Australia’s largest scientific suicide prevention trial – to facilitate evidence-based and data-driven approaches into local community settings.
“Despite much progress in recent years, suicide prevention remains an area where there is quite a large gap between what’s happening on the ground and what the evidence base suggests will work best to save lives,” said Dr Shand.
“The Black Dog Institute is very well placed to make the most of this opportunity, given our focus on knowledge translation and our deep connections with the health sector.
“I’m excited by the translational aspects of this Fellowship and look forward to integrating best practice learnings from our LifeSpan trial to really make a difference and start seeing these essential evidence-based changes happening in practice.”
In addition to the TRIP Fellowship announcement, Minister Hunt also revealed a commitment of an additional $70 million over the next five years through the Federal Government’s MRFF Next Generation Clinical Researchers program.
“Building researcher capacity is vital to Australia’s continued success as a global health and medical research leader and innovator,” Minister Hunt said.
“Fellowships encourage leading researchers in the early to middle stages of their careers to remain in the competitive research arena. It’s about supporting the next generation of Australia’s researchers.
“These TRIP fellowships will increase the number of opportunities for Australia’s talented researchers to continue their important work.”
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