“In my 36 years of policing I have seen the devastating effects of youth suicide among families and our community. As a senior crime scene examiner, I attended many needless deaths when a young person felt ashamed or unable to reach out for help. In my current role at the Box Hill Sex Offences and Child abuse Investigation Team, I see first hand the ever increasing numbers of people who still feel unable to reach out for help, particularly young people.
While the influences of suicide are complex, I hope that by completing the Graduate Diploma of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing at Melbourne University will equip me with a deeper understanding of the issues, some of which fall outside traditional policing responsibilities.
I have been very grateful to receive assistance and support from the Brighton North Rotary Club as part of the Robbie Mitchell scholarship and I have found that the content of the course particularly beneficial to me in my current role. I have also gained valuable contacts not only from within Melbourne University, but also other students who posses a huge variety of experience in other significant areas of adolescent health.
I look forward to having a positive impact on this critical area of adolescent health and I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to Brighton North Rotary Club for their ongoing assistance.”
Tactical Intelligence Operative