Associate Professor Julia Lappin and Research Officer Emma Zahra presented at the NDARC Webinar Series on Thursday 27 May, 2021.

This presentation reported on the findings from a study referring individuals who present to ED with suicidal behaviours to online interventions.

There are evidence-based online treatments that improve outcomes for issues that contribute to suicidal behaviours, such as chronic pain, depression and anxiety. Such interventions are underutilized in ED as there is no routine referral of individuals presenting with suicidal behaviours to them. This project examined the feasibility of referring individuals who present to ED with suicidal behaviours to online interventions provided by the MindSpot digital mental health service.


About the speakers

Julia Lappin is a clinician researcher with dual clinical and research roles. She is an Associate Professor at University of New South Wales in the School of Psychiatry and the National Drug and Alcohol Centre (NDARC). Julia is a Consultant Psychiatrist at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and Clinical Director of the statewide Tertiary Referral Service for Psychosis. Her research focuses on improving outcomes in mental illness, including comorbid substance use.

Emma Zahra is a Research Officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW. Her research focus includes drug-related morbidity and mortality and treatment pathways. As a Registered Nurse and Master of International Public Health, she has experience in acute care settings (emergency and surgical medicine), health promotion, and global medical assistance. Emma is currently collaborating with senior researchers in epidemiology and public health at NDARC, and other leading research centres across Australia.

Please note: readers and audience are encouraged to go to the presenter’s published paper for the most fulsome account of the research and its findings. 


Date Commenced
27 May 2021
Resource Type
NDARC Seminars