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IASP Grupos de trabajo - Suicide and the Media

Los miembros del Grupo de trabajo

Chairs

Associate Professor Jane Pirkis Australia)
Professor R Warwick Blood (Australia)

Members

Mr Karl Andriessen (Belgium)
Professor Armin Schmidtke (Germany)
Dr Elmar Etzersdorfer (Germany)
Associate Professor Sandor Fekete (Hungary)
Dr G Gururaj (India)
Dr John Connolly (Ireland)
Associate Professor Annette Beautrais (New Zealand)
Dr Sunny Collings (New Zealand)
Dr Konrad Michel (Switzerland)
Professor Keith Hawton (United Kingdom)

Associate members

Myra Morrant (Canada)
Jenny Skinner (New Zealand)

Chair and Contact Person

The Task Force is chaired by Jane Pirkis from Australia. Interested parties can contact Jane directly:

Associate Professor Jane Pirkis
Program Evaluation Unit
School of Population Health
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
AUSTRALIA

Ph: +61 3 8344 0647
Fax: +61 3 9348 1174
Email: j.pirkis@unimelb.edu.au


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Jane Pirkis (PhD) is Assistant Director and Principal Research Fellow in the University of Melbourne’s Program Evaluation Unit. She has a long-standing interest in suicide and the media, and has contributed significantly to knowledge in the area. Together with Warwick Blood, she was 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. The findings informed the Australian Government’s Reporting Suicide and Mental Illness, which promotes responsible reporting of suicide and mental illness. Jane and Warwick are currently completing two projects that flowed from the Media Monitoring Project, one examining the association between media reporting of suicide and actual suicidal behaviour, and the other exploring different perspectives on media reporting of suicide and mental illness. They have also recently received funding for a follow-up to the original Media Monitoring Project (Media Monitoring Project 2), which will investigate whether media reporting has changed over time, and, if so, if this relates to Reporting Suicide and Mental Illness. Jane and Warwick have also been responsible for several critical reviews of studies in the area of suicide, mental illness and the media.

Jane also has an interest in the epidemiology of suicide, and has conducted a number of studies examining rates of and risk factors for suicide among the general population and among particular at-risk groups (e.g., people with mental illness). She has also conducted a body of work in the area of suicide prevention, including a study of help-seeking behaviour in young people in the United States, and comparative analyses of suicide prevention initiatives across countries (including developing countries). Jane was the lead author on a review of Australia’s National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, and is often invited to provide advice and consultancy to policy makers, research groups and service providers both within Australia and overseas.

Warwick Blood (PhD) is Professor of Communication at the University of Canberra, and Director of the News Research Group. His research interests lie in risk communication theory and practice, media representations and analyses, and public opinion research.

Along with Jane Pirkis, he was a chief investigator on the Media Monitoring Project, which looked at the nature of reportage on suicide and mental illness and how it is characteristically framed. He also took the lead on a follow-up project which focused specifically on media reporting of depression. He is currently collaborating with Jane Pirkis on two projects that were ‘spin-offs’ from the Media Monitoring Project. The first is investigating the changing dynamics and interplay over contested information between journalists, medical, health professional and lay people about suicide and mental illness issues in Australian news. The second is examining the association between media reporting of suicide and actual suicidal behaviour, with a particular emphasis on the quality of reporting. Warwick is also working with Jane on a follow-up project, known as Media Monitoring Project 2. Warwick was also instrumental in two literature reviews concerning portrayal of suicide and mental illness in films and television dramas.

Warwick has also been involved in a project on reporting on drugs, and another investigating the role of media in shaping national identity and democratization in the ‘post-conflict’ risk society of Kosovo. The theoretical approach is based in risk theory.

Warwick has taught at Charles Sturt University, where he was Foundation Head of the School of Communication, at Ohio State University’s School of Journalism, and in Macquarie University’s mass communication program. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Australian Journal of Communication and for the Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics. He was Editor of the Australian Journalism Review from 1998 to 2000. He was elected President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association for 1995-96. Previously, Warwick was a reporter and producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and was the New York Correspondent in the 1970s.