Three minutes to success

Three minutes to success

A huge congratulations to Research Manager for Suicide Prevention (and PhD student) at Calvary Mater Newcastle, Katie McGill.

Katie recently won her heat of the 2021 University of Newcastle’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

The competition is held annually at the University of Newcastle for higher degree research candidates, spread across the four schools: Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences, Medicine and Public Health, and Biomedical Science and Pharmacy.

This year there were 22 candidates vying for a spot in the final.

In just three minutes, using only a static slide, participants present their research – what they’re doing, how they’re doing it, and why.

Katie’s thesis was entitled, “Using health service data to inform suicide prevention policy, planning and practice”, representing the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Of her win, Katie said,

“I’m so excited to go through to the University of Newcastle’s 3MT Competition final as the winner and representative of the School of Medicine and Public Health.

“Most of my family, friends and colleagues know I’m doing a PhD, but they have no idea what I’m doing, or why. This was a chance to see if I could explain my research in a way that would connect with everyday people, in a timeframe that probably equals our usual attention span!

“Improving outcomes for people who are suicidal is something that matters. Being able to work with Calvary Mater Newcastle and others in the field has made my work possible and it’s great to be able to let others know about it in this way.”

Ralph Gourlay, Director of Medical Services said, “This is a fantastic achievement of which I am personally inspired and impressed by Katie’s win.”

The winner from each school will progress to the University of Newcastle’s 3MT final on Wednesday 25 August 2021. Good luck Katie.

To view Katie’s thesis go to

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