Research excellence at it’s best

Research excellence at it’s best

We once again say a huge congratulations to Dr Katie McGill, Calvary Mater Newcastle Research Manager in Suicide Prevention, on her latest success. Katie was co-winner of the University of Newcastle 2022 Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Research Excellence Award for her work on suicide prevention.

The University of Newcastle, under the auspices of Graduate Research, award the annual HDR Excellence Awards, across four categories (Research Excellence, Community Engagement, Industry Engagement and Leadership Excellence). These awards are open to all HDR students enrolled at the University in any Faculty and on any campus.

The award recognises and celebrates outstanding early career researchers and research supervisors, and the important role they play in research achievements. The accolade is awarded to an outstanding HDR student in recognition of excellence in their research activities over the past 12 months.

Dr Ralph Gourlay, Director of Medical Services, said, “I understand that this was related to Katie’s work at the Mater on suicide prevention in demonstrating the benefits and uses of a clinical case register for all deliberate self-poisoning patients. This is a fabulous contribution and we are extremely proud of Katie. I hope she also enjoyed ‘a bit of the glow’ of being recognised through this prestigious award.”

Katie said, “I’m absolutely thrilled, and humbled, to receive this award. It is so encouraging to receive an award like this as an early career researcher, particularly when all the nominations were so worthy. It is also a lovely way to finish off what has been a very demanding few years.

“This award is also a tribute to all of those who have helped make the research program possible, not the least being Calvary Mater Newcastle, and I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor or supervisor than Greg Carter. I look forward to continuing the work to make sure that the care and support we provide to people who are suicidal or who self-harm is the best it possibly can be.”

Well done Katie.

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