Professor Graham Martin OAM, MD, MBBS, FRANZCP, DPM was Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Queensland and Clinical Director, Royal Children’s Hospital and Health Service District, Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) from 2001 to 2014. He is now retired.
Graham 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 was a member of the Advisory Council Australian National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy and Evaluation Working Group (1994-99), a member of the writing team for the Australian Suicide Prevention Strategies (2000 and 2007), and a member of the National Advisory Council for Suicide Prevention (2003-8). He was a National Advisor on Suicide Prevention to the Australian Government (2009 to 2014).
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).
- Was awarded a Citation from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2014 for his 40 years of contribution to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Graham has been:
- A member of the Lifeline Research Advisory Board.
- Chair of the Research Advisory Committee for RUOK?
- On the Boards of Mates in Construction, the Inspire Foundation, the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (UQ) and PsychWire.
- Director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention Studies (Department of Psychiatry UQ).
- An originator of the Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention program (Auseinet, 1997-2009), and Director until 2001.
- Creator and Inaugural Editor for the online journal Advances in Mental Health (http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ramh20), from 2002-2015.
The University of Queensland honoured Graham for his services by making him an ‘Emeritus Professor’.
In his spare time Graham trained for 20 years in Karate. He gained a Nidan black belt with Hoshindo Karate International (grading in Japan – JKF, 2008). In 2009 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 unfulfilled dreams of returning to Karate.
Professor Graham Martin has successfully advised 12 completed doctoral students, as well as 26 other UQ higher degree students. He remains focused on Non-suicidal Self-injury as a gateway to suicide prevention in young people.