Meeting Australia’s Leading Researcher in Postvention
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Dr. Myf Maple is an Associate Professor in the School of Health at the University of New England (UNE) and is considered to be the leading postvention researcher in Australia. Dr. Maple and I first met last September when she presented at the University of Manchester annual suicide bereavement conference.
You might be interested to know that we both specialise in qualitative research methods and our PhD’s focus on parental suicide bereavement. Dr. Maple has also developed a suicide bereavement research unit and collaborates with various key stakeholders in Australia and America. As you know I am currently at the early stages of developing the first suicide bereavement research unit in the UK (http://www.suicide-bereavement.co.uk/the-development-of-a-suicide-bereavement-research-unit-in-the-uk/), so it is easy to understand how Dr. Maple and I have a lot in common and why we are planning to collaborate in the near future.
Dr. Maple currently supervises eight PhD students and three MPhil students who focus on various aspects of postvention. The following list gives you an insight into some of the research Dr. Maple and her colleagues are currently conducting:
- suicide attempt survivor study;
- developing a proactive model of care for those bereaved by suicide;
- risk related to suicide bereavement;
- suicide bereavement in the military and community;
- people bereaved by suicide experience of therapy;
- suicide risk and resilience amongst high risk young people;
- using e-technology to educate parents of high school children, on mental health and suicide prevention; and
- suicide bereavement amongst rural farming communities.
Dr. Maple kindly arranged for me to meet many of her colleagues so they could inform me of their research projects. I will discuss these meetings in my next post.
I am very mindful that there is currently a thirst for knowledge in this newly developing field, so I have provided a link below, which lists some of Dr. Maple’s publications. You might be interested to know that her latest article was published online on the 7th April 2014. The link below will take you to the abstract.
Other publications by Dr. Maple can be found on the following link:
University of Manchester Suicide Bereavement Conference
Dr. Maple will be presenting at the University of Manchester’s 3rd annual suicide bereavement conference on the 23rd September, 2014. I will provide more details about this event in the next couple of weeks