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Research Thesis Topic

Suicide and the Elderly

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Thesis Topic/Title
Suicide and the Elderly


Older men have the highest rate of suicide & lethality in Australia. Despite this, suicide in older men is a neglected topic in research, prevention & mental health promotion campaigns. Age-specific psychosocial difficulties (e.g. social role changes) may place older adults at higher risk of suicide, implying different risk & protective factors. Existing older adult research has tended to be international, compare men to women, & focus on suicide ideators. There is limited research examining suicide risk & protective factors in older Indigenous men, who have a lower suicide rate than older non-Indigenous men.

This project will investigate suicide risk & protective factors in older Australian men. It will investigate whether these factors are geographically & culturally specific. It will do this by focusing on the lived experiences of older men who have made potentially fatal suicide attempts & those bereaved by an older male’s suicide.

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Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • Centre for Health Sciences Research
  • Institute for Resilient Regions
  • School of Psychology and Counselling

Field of Research
  • Psychology
  • Public Health and Health Services

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Pre-approved for Ethics
Not Applicable

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