Prof Jane Pirkis receives the University of Tasmania Distinguished Alumni Award 2017


The University of Tasmania has announced that alumna Professor Jane Pirkis, a world-reknowned population mental health researcher, has received the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017.

The award was presented at the Launceston University Dinner, held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor among distinguished guests, University of Tasmania staff, scholarship recipients and alumni, and members of the community.

Professor Pirkis is one of Australia’s foremost mental health researchers, and her work has shaped suicide prevention policy, leading to the creation of prevention structures in commonly-used suicide locations, and informed international media guidelines on how to report on suicide.

Her remarkable career started at the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (1986) and a Master of Psychology (1990).

Professor Pirkis’ work has almost certainly saved lives, and the HSRAANZ congratulates her on her oustanding achievements and contribution to mental health research.

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For more information about the University’s Alumni and Foundation Awards including past winners visit our awards website.