Jackson Newberry-Dupé

Child and adolescent mental health presentations to Australian and New Zealand emergency departments: emerging challenges and innovations in a global pandemic


A/Prof Rohan Borschmann, Justice Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne; Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Inst, Royal Children’s Hospital.

Adj Clinical Prof Simon Craig, Paediatric Emergency Dept, Monash Medical Centre, Monash Health; Dept of Paediatrics, School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University; Emergency Research Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

A/Prof Glenn Melvin, School of Psychology, Deakin University.

Dr Kylie King, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne; Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University.


Child and adolescent mental health presentations to Australian and New Zealand emergency departments: emerging challenges and innovations in a global pandemic


Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, child and adolescent mental health presentations to emergency departments were increasing. Since the pandemic began, children and adolescents’ lives have experienced significant disruptions, which may have adverse impacts on their mental health. This thesis aims to (1) describe changes in mental health presentations to Australian and New Zealand EDs since the onset of the pandemic, and (2) explore barriers and facilitators associated with implementation of an app-based suicide safety planning intervention in paediatric emergency departments.


Jackson is a PhD student within the Centre for Health Equity in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He graduated from the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2018 with first class honours in a Bachelor of Psychology. His thesis was a qualitative exploration of retrospective accounts of adolescent self-harm among adults who had since ceased. His research interests include child and adolescent mental health, community response to change and loss, and suicide prevention.