PROF Jane Pirkis

PROF Jane Pirkis


  • Mental health program evaluation
  • Suicide prevention



  • Professor Jane Pirkis (PhD) is the Director of the Centre for Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She has undertaken a number of policy-relevant studies of suicide and suicide prevention in Australia, including profiling the epidemiology of suicide and suicidal behaviour among the general population and among at-risk groups. She has a particular research interest in suicide and the media. She has also undertaken a number of evaluations of large-scale suicide prevention programs and mental health care initiatives.   


Member of

  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Fellow 2017 -
  • International Academy for Suicide Research. Member 2014 -
  • International Association for Suicide Prevention. Member, Country Representative (Australia), Chair of Suicide and the Media Task Force 2002 -
  • Suicide Prevention Australia. Ordinary Member, past Victorian Representative 2002 -
  • Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand. Ordinary Member, past Executive Member 2000 -
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Registered psychologist 2000 - 2015
  • Australian Psychological Society. Ordinary Member 2000 - 2015


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2001
  • MAE, The Australian National University 1995
  • MPsych, University of Tasmania 1988
  • BA (Hons), University of Tasmania 1985

Awards and honors

  • Distinguished Alumni Award (University of Tasmania), 2017
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2014
  • Lifetime Research Award (Suicide Prevention Australia), 2010



Available for supervision

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