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Research Fellow in Youth Suicide Prevention


Available for supervision


Dr Nicole Hill is a Forrest Prospect Fellow Youth Suicide Prevention researcher at Telethon Kids Institute, the University of Western Australia. She received her PhD in 2021 from Orygen, University of Melbourne.

Nicole is a research affiliate with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. She currently serves as an expert advisor for suicide prevention in Western Australia and is co-chair of the International Association for Suicide Prevention special interest group on suicide clusters and contagion.

In 2022 Nicole was one of five nominees for the WA Premiers science award for her research on youth suicide prevention; a winner of the 40Under40 award for her work in suicide prevention in Western Australia, the 2022 Society for Mental Health Research ECR potential award, and won the 2021 Medical Journal of Australia Medical Research Excellence award.

Nicole’s research program includes clinical and psychosocial interventions for the prevention of suicide and self-harm and public health approaches for the prevention and management of suicide contagion and suicide clusters.

Her current projects include:

  1. A multisite trial for responding to improve engagement in aftercare and reduce repeat presentations for young people who present to the emergency department with self-harm;
  2. Development of Western Australia’s first residential alternative to emergency department (Youth Sanctuary) for suicidal youth;
  3. The co-design of a Youth Safe Haven alternative emergency department model for young people experiencing suicidal crisis.
  4. Implementation of an operational debrief in response to youth suicide clusters and contagion in WA
  5. Evaluation of Roses in the Ocean Peer CARE Connect program for people with lived experience of suicidal behaviour
  6. Identifying Access to services in Australian communities impacted by suicide clusters using GIS modelling.
  7. Evaluation of the Primary Care Model in the PaRK region in WA (complete).