Mr Bernard Leckning
Postdoctoral Fellow

Mr Bernard Leckning

BSc (Computing Science) Hons (UTS)

BA Hons (UNSW)

PhD Public Health and Epidemiology (current) (Menzies School of Health Research)

Medicine & Health
The Black Dog Institute

I am interested in advancing the epidemiological and clinical understanding of suicidal behaviours and how this can inform prevention. I am currently working within the Crisis and Aftercare stream of the Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention-II (CRESP-II) to develop a program of work focused on improving suicide safety planning in Australia.

I have a special interest and considerable experience in using linked data to better understand opportunities for prevention across the lifecourse and to evaluate large-scale interventions, especially targeting particularly vulnerable groups of children and young people and First Nations peoples.

I have previously undertaken suicide prevention research in a range of clinical and community-based settings, including hospitals, ambulatory mental health care, primary health care, schools, and youth centres across urban and remote regions of the Northern Territory of Australia.

I continue to be involved in the Child and Youth Development Research Partnership (CYDRP) between the Menzies School of Health Research and NT government agencies to develop research using a large-scale repository of linked administrative data that investigates health, social, educational, and welfare outcomes for children and young people in the NT. My research focus in the partnership is primarily on behavioural and mental health outcomes, especially self-harm and suicide.

Academic Appointments

2022 – current   Honorary Fellow
                 Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Australia

Previous work

2013 - 2022      Research Officer, Data Linkage and Suicide Prevention Research
                 Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Australia
2011 - 2012      Research Associate, Suicide Prevention Research
                 Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Australia
Phone
+61-2-9065 0023
Location
Hospital Road
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Pirkis J; King K; Rice S; Seidler Z; Leckning B; Oliffe JL; Vella S; Schlichthorst M, 2022, 'Preventing Suicide in Boys and Men', in Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention, Springer International Publishing, pp. 483 - 494, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42003-1_25
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Pirkis J; King K; Rice S; Seidler Z; Leckning B; Oliffe JL; Vella S; Schlichthorst M, 2021, 'Preventing Suicide in Boys and Men', in Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention, Springer International Publishing, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-41319-4_25-1
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Leckning B; Borschmann R; Guthridge S; Silburn SR; Hirvonen T; Robinson GW, 2022, 'Suicides in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people following hospital admission for suicidal ideation and self-harm: A retrospective cohort data linkage study from the Northern Territory', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00048674221099822
    Journal articles | 2021
    He VY; Leckning B; Malvaso C; Williams T; Liddle L; Guthridge S, 2021, 'Opportunities for prevention: a data-linkage study to inform a public health response to youth offending in the Northern Territory, Australia', BMC Public Health, vol. 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11645-4
    Journal articles | 2020
    Robinson GW; Lee E; Silburn SR; Nagel P; Leckning B; Midford R, 2020, 'School-Based Prevention in Very Remote Settings: A Feasibility Trial of Methods and Measures for the Evaluation of a Social Emotional Learning Program for Indigenous Students in Remote Northern Australia', Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.552878
  • Preprints | 2020
    He VY; Leckning B; Malvaso C; Williams T; Liddle L; Guthridge S, 2020, Opportunities for Prevention: A Data-Linkage Study to Inform A Public Health Response to Youth Offending in The Northern Territory, Australia, http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-81412/v1

2020 - 2024: MRFF Million Minds Mission Suicide Prevention Grants.
The Buoy Project: Preventing suicide in boys and men.
CIs: Pirkis, Patton, Oliffe, Reavley, Mihalopoulous, Lamontagne, 
Rice, Seidler, King, Vella. AI: Leckning. $5,623,082

2018 - 2019: Centre for Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres 
Strait Islander Suicide Prevention.
BestPrAxIS study: Developing best practice guidelines for psychosocial
assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 
presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
CIs: Leckning, Robinson, Hirvonen, Carey, Armstrong. $150,000

2018 - 2021: Suicide Prevention Australia Research Scholarship.
The epidemiology of hospital-treated self-harm and suicidal ideation:
Identifying opportunities for prevention.
CI: Leckning. $105,000

2018 - 2019: Murdoch Children's Research Institute Theme Funding.
Understanding the links between self-harm, substance use,
and poor mental health in children and adolescents admitted
to hospital in the Northern Territory.
CIs: Borschmann, Kinner, Carey, Leckning, Robinson. $20,000

2016 - 2019: NHMRC Target Call for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Suicide Prevention.
Evaluating a classroom-based life skills program for remote 
Aboriginal middle school students (Skills for Life).
CIs: Robinson, Silburn, Nagel, Midford. PSP: Leckning. $1,700,000

2014 - 2015: Commonwealth Government Taking Action to Tackle Suicide. 
Developing life skills programs for remote Aboriginal adolescents. 
CIs: Robinson, Silburn, Nagel, Senior, Leckning. $500,000

2013 - 2016: Beyondblue.
Understanding suicide following hospitalisation for self-harm by Aboriginal people.
CIs: Robinson, Silburn, Nagel, Parker, Guthridge, Li, Leckning. $290,000

2013 - 2016: NT Department of Health.
Outcomes following hospitalisation for self-harm and suicidal ideation.
CIs: Robinson, Silburn, Nagel, Parker, Guthridge, Li, Leckning. $50,000

2012 - 2013: Commonwealth Department of Health.
Consultations to develop the National Aboriginal and 
Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy. 
CIs: Robinson, D’Antoine, Silburn, Leckning. $500,000

2011: NT Children's Commissioner.
Audit of coronial files for child and youth suicides, 2000-2005.
CIs: Robinson, Silburn, Leckning. $50,000

 

2020: Society for Mental Health Research Award for Best Applied Science Paper (PhD category)

• Australian experiences of suicide safety planning: 
  A survey study to inform improvement and innovation in implementation.
  CIs: Leckning, Shand, Procter, Ferguson, McGill.

• A systems approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention.
  Led by Prof Pat Dudgeon, UWA in partnership with Black Dog Institute.

• Systematic review and meta-analysis of psychiatric assessment and 
  aftercare following hospital-treated deliberate self-harm.
  CIs: Carter, Witt, McGill, Leckning, Hill

• Evaluating implementation and outcomes of Towards Zero Suicide Initiative
  in the Sydney Local Health District.
  CIs: Page, Sperandei, Munasinghe, Leckning

• Mental health-related hospital admissions in the Northern Territory
  associated with child protection and youth justice involvement
  in adolescents: a data linkage study.
  CIs: Leckning, Guthridge, Condon, He

• Patterns of adverse outcomes in Northern Territory adolescents:
  A latent variable approach using linked administrative data.
  CIs: Guthridge, He, Condon, Leckning

• Characteristics and outcomes of hospital-treated self-harm and 
  suicidal ideation: A retrospective cohort data linkage project.
  CI: Leckning

• StreamlinED - Patient navigation for NT adolescents:
  Understanding patterns and improving care of children
  and young people in ED (data linkage component only).
  CIs: Buckley, Leckning, Toombs, He, Guthridge