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Associate Professor Jane Pirkis is Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne. Together with Warwick Blood, Jane Pirkis is responsible for the internationally-recognised Media Monitoring Project, which examined the extent, nature and quality of media reporting of suicide and mental illness in Australia for a full year. Jane is currently working with Warwick on a follow-up project to examine whether media reporting has changed over time. Her research interests also include the epidemiology of suicidal behaviour and the evaluation of large-scale suicide prevention initiatives.
More about the SPINZ 2008 Seminar Series on the role of media in suicide prevention: http://www.spinz.org.nz/page/19-events-archive+seminar-series-2008