Professor Graham Martin OAM is Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Queensland. He is Clinical Director, Royal Children’s Hospital and Health Service District, Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS).
Professor Graham Martin has been dedicated to suicide prevention since 1987, a member of the International Association for Suicide Prevention since 1997, and a member by invitation of the International Association for Suicide Research. He has been a member of the Advisory Council Australian National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy and Evaluation Working Group (1994-99). He is a member of the writing team for the Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy (2000 and 2007), National Advisory Council for Suicide Prevention (2003-8). He is currently a National Advisor on Suicide Prevention to the Australian Government (2009 to date).
Graham was Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) chairman (1995-2001), convening 6 national suicide prevention conferences. He also:
- Led the team developing the first Media and Suicide Resource Kit (‘Achieving the Balance’, 1998).
- Became a Life Member of SPA (2004).
- Was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (2006).
- Received a ‘Jackstar’ award for 10 years contribution to Inspire Foundation’s ‘ReachOut’ program (2007).
- Received the 2008 SPA ‘Lifetime Contribution to Suicide Prevention Research’ award.
- Received the Rowe-Zonta International Prize (2010).
Currently, Professor Graham Martin:
- Is currently a member of the Lifeline Research Advisory Board.
- Chairs the Research Advisory Committee for RUOK?
- Is on the Boards of Mates in Construction, the Inspire Foundation, the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (UQ) and PsychWire.
- Is director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention Studies in Young People (UQ).
- Was an originator of the Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention program (Auseinet, 1997-2009), and Director until 2001.
- Is Editor in Chief for the online journal AMH (Advances in Mental Health, formerly the Australian eJournal for the Advancement of Mental Health).
In his spare time Graham trained for 20 years in Karate. He is a Nidan black belt with Hoshindo Karate International (grading in Japan – JKF, 2008). Two years ago he was paralysed from the waist down due to a spinal cord problem. The story of his recovery Taking Charge: a journey of recovery can be purchased here. He has dreams of returning to Karate.
Professor Graham Martin has successfully advised 9 completed doctoral studies, and currently supervises 2 full time and 7 part time UQ higher degree students. He has an active research program focused on Non-suicidal Self-injury as a gateway to suicide prevention in young people.