Katie McGill

Katy McGillInstitution: Hunter New England Local Health District, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Supervisory team: Prof Greg Carter, Prof Frances KayLambkin, and A/Prof Jo Robinson.

Position: PhD candidate; Suicide Prevention Research Lead, Hunter New England Local Health District.

Current research: My work is about improving suicide prevention ‘in the real world’ including how we can better translate evidence into practice, particularly within health services. My PhD explores how good self-harm surveillance data can be used to inform suicide prevention policy, planning and practice.

Research interests:

  • Community capacity building for suicide prevention
  • Treatments for self-harm and suicidality and health services research
  • Self-harm surveillance and learning health service systems
  • Aboriginal suicide prevention
  • Knowledge translation

Recent Publications:

  • McGill K., Spittal M., Bryant J., Lewin T., Whyte I., Madden C., Carter G. (2021) Comparison of Accredited Person and Medical Officer discharge decisions under the Mental Health Act of NSW: A cohort study of deliberate self-poisoning patients. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.
  • McGill, K., Hackney, S. & Skehan, J. (2019). Information needs of people after a suicide attempt: A thematic analysis. Patient Education and Counselling. 102 (6), 1119-1124.
  • McGill, K. Hiles, S., Handley, T., Page, A., Lewin, T., Whyte, I. & Carter, G. (2019). Is the reported increase in young female hospital-treated intentional self-harm real or artefactual? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 53 (7), 663-672.
  • Woodford, R., Spittal, M. J., Milner, A., McGill, K., Kapur, N., Pirkis, J., Mitchell, A. & Carter, G. (2019). Accuracy of clinician predictions of future self‐harm: a systematic review and meta‐analysis of predictive studies. Suicide and LifeThreatening Behavior, 49(1), 23-40.
  • Carter, G., Milner, A., McGill, K., Pirkis, J., Kapur, N., & Spittal, M. J. (2017). Predicting suicidal behaviours using clinical instruments: systematic review and meta-analysis of positive predictive values for risk scales. British Journal of Psychiatry, 201 (6), 387-395.

Can help with:

  • Understanding the implications of findings for clinical practice.
  • Conducting systematic reviews
  • Working with large datasets that draw from health records
  • Developing clinical trial protocols that are feasible to deliver in routine care settings
  • Just generally talking through a problem to work out what the next best step is.

What’s essential to your well-being? Chocolate, my kids and having a good laugh help to keep me connected to the good things in life. At work what keeps me grounded is- memes, chatting with straight-talking sensible people and remembering that saying no is good for me …plus more chocolate.

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