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August 2017

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Dr Allison Milner

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Dr Bernard Pope

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Associate Professor Ilana Ackerman

New study takes aim at male suicide

A fellowship from the State Government’s medical research strategy will tackle the high incidence of suicide in working men.

Initial studies show stressful working conditions are a major risk factor among men.

The research aims to link workplaces into health services which can help.

Dr Allison Milner has received a four-year fellowship to research and develop solutions.

It is one of three worth up to $800,000 each under the Government’s $20 million plan to keep Victoria a world leader in health and medical research.

Her fellowship is intended to develop initiatives and strategies, to reduce the incidence of mental health and rates of suicide in working age men.

The other fellowship recipients are:

•       Dr Bernard Pope, to aid the early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer;

•       Associate Professor Ilana Ackerman, to research why some hip and knee replacements fail.

Last November, a new science, medical research and technology panel was established to drive leadership and excellence to attract more investment and jobs to Victoria.

The Government is also investing in a range of suicide prevention measures across the state with $27 million over four years for the suicide prevention framework.

‘It’s a sad indictment that too many men fail to seek help to deal with their mental health issues before it’s too late, and they often see suicide as their only recourse,’ said Minister for Health Jill Hennessy.

‘We’re determined to address suicide and a range of other health issues through our $20 million health and medical research program.’