Dr Scott Fitzpatrick

Research Fellow

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

Career Summary

Biography

Scott Fitzpatrick is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) at The University of Newcastle. His research focuses on the philosophical, moral, and socio-cultural frameworks that underpin suicide and suicide prevention including research, clinical, and public health policy and practice. His research explores such topics as the social determinants of suicide and mental health; methodological and ethical issues in suicide research, policy and practice; rural suicide; lived experience; and the use of qualitative social research methodologies, with a particular emphasis on narrative theory.



Qualifications

  • PhD (Public Health), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Queensland University of Technology

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Mental Health
  • Narrative Theory and Methods
  • Qualitative Research
  • Rural Health
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Suicide

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111714 Mental Health 50
220199 Applied Ethics not elsewhere classified 20
160804 Rural Sociology 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Fellow University of Newcastle
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2009 Australian Postgraduate Award
The University of Sydney
2009 University of Sydney Merit Award
The University of Sydney
2008 Honours Scholarship
Queensland University of Technology

Prize

Year Award
2008 University Medal
Queensland University of Technology
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Toward a narrative understanding of suicide', Confessions: Confounding Narrative and Ethics, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne 181-196 (2010) [B1]

Journal article (19 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Fitzpatrick SJ, River J, 'Beyond the medical model: Future directions for suicide intervention services', International Journal of Health Services, 002073141771608-002073141771608 (2017)
DOI 10.1177/0020731417716086
2017 Fitzpatrick SJ, Hooker C, 'A 'systems' approach to suicide prevention: Radical change or doing the same things better?', Public Health Research and Practice, 27 (2017)

© 2017 Fitzpatrick and Hooker. Suicide is a significant public health concern. Continued high suicide rates, coupled with emerging international evidence, have led to the develop... [more]

© 2017 Fitzpatrick and Hooker. Suicide is a significant public health concern. Continued high suicide rates, coupled with emerging international evidence, have led to the development of a 'systems' approach to suicide prevention, which is now being trialled as part of a proposed Suicide Prevention Framework for NSW (New South Wales, Australia). The Framework replicates successful international approaches. It is organised around nine components, ranging from individual to population-level approaches, to improve coordination and integration of existing services. If implemented fully, the Framework may lead to a significant reduction in suicide. However, to ensure its long-term success, we must attend to underlying structures within the system and their interrelationships. Such an approach will also ensure that policy makers and local suicide prevention action groups, particularly in rural areas, are able to respond to local challenges and incorporate multiple perspectives into their practice, including evidence for the broader social determinants of suicide.

DOI 10.17061/phrp2721713
2017 Fitzpatrick SJ, Perkins D, Luland T, Brown D, Corvan E, 'The effect of context in rural mental health care: Understanding integrated services in a small town.', Health Place, 45 70-76 (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.03.004
2017 McKenzie H, White K, Hayes L, Fitzpatrick S, Cox K, River J, 'Shadowing as a management strategy for chemotherapy outpatient primary support persons', Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, (2017)
DOI 10.1111/scs.12410
2016 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Stories of suicide and social justice', Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, 23 285-287 (2016)
DOI 10.1353/ppp.2016.0032
2016 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Ethical and political implications of the turn to stories in suicide prevention', Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, 23 265-276 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1353/ppp.2016.0029
2016 Fitzpatrick SJ, Kerridge IH, Jordens CFC, Zoloth L, Tollefsen C, Tsomo KL, et al., 'Religious Perspectives on Human Suffering: Implications for Medicine and Bioethics', Journal of Religion and Health, 55 159-173 (2016) [C1]

© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. The prevention and relief of suffering has long been a core medical concern. But while this is a laudable goal, some question wh... [more]

© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. The prevention and relief of suffering has long been a core medical concern. But while this is a laudable goal, some question whether medicine can, or should, aim for a world without pain, sadness, anxiety, despair or uncertainty. To explore these issues, we invited experts from six of the world¿s major faith traditions to address the following question. Is there value in suffering? And is something lost in the prevention and/or relief of suffering? While each of the perspectives provided maintains that suffering should be alleviated and that medicine¿s proper role is to prevent and relieve suffering by ethical means, it is also apparent that questions regarding the meaning and value of suffering are beyond the realm of medicine. These perspectives suggest that medicine and bioethics have much to gain from respectful consideration of religious discourse surrounding suffering.

DOI 10.1007/s10943-015-0014-9
Citations Scopus - 1
2016 Matthews LR, Fitzpatrick SJ, Quinlan MG, Ngo M, Bohle P, 'Bereaved families and the coronial response to traumatic workplace fatalities: Organizational perspectives', Death Studies, 40 191-200 (2016) [C1]

© 2016, Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Work remains a significant source of illness, injury, and death in developed countries. In Australia, for example, over 2,000 ... [more]

© 2016, Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Work remains a significant source of illness, injury, and death in developed countries. In Australia, for example, over 2,000 people die from work-related causes each year, with heavy social, economic, and personal costs (Safe Work Australia, 2013a). Most die as a result of work-related disease. However, many die from trauma. In 2012, 223 workers were fatally injured in Australia and in the United States the figure was 4,383 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014; Safe Work Australia, 2013b). Apart from the immediate tragedy of each worker¿s death, these deaths affect the victim¿s immediate family, wider family, friends, and co-workers. It has been estimated that, on average, every death has an impact on at least 20 other people (Dyregrov, Nordanger, & Dyregrov, 2003), especially when the deceased had several families, which is an increasingly common phenomenon (OECD, 2014). Little is known, however, about how regulatory responses following a traumatic workplace fatality meet the needs of surviving families. With a focus on the coronial investigation, this article provides information about the regulatory responses to a traumatic workplace fatality and examines how various organizations involved in the coronial process following the death viewed its ability to accommodate the needs and wishes of surviving families.

DOI 10.1080/07481187.2015.1115787
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Fitzpatrick SJ, Hooker C, Kerridge I, 'Suicidology as a social practice', Social Epistemology: a journal of knowledge, culture and policy, 29 303-322 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/02691728.2014.895448
2015 Quinlan M, Matthews L, Bohle P, Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Employer and Union Responses to Traumatic Death at Work: Evidence from Australia', New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 40 1-23 (2015) [C1]
2015 Quinlan M, Fitzpatrick SJ, Matthews LR, Ngo M, Bohle P, 'Administering the cost of death: Organisational perspectives on workers' compensation and common law claims following traumatic death at work in Australia', International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 38 8-17 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ijlp.2015.01.002
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Scientism as a Social Response to the Problem of Suicide', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 12 613-622 (2015) [C1]

© 2015, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Pty Ltd. As one component of a broader social and normative response to the problem of suicide, scientism served to minimize sociopolitica... [more]

© 2015, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Pty Ltd. As one component of a broader social and normative response to the problem of suicide, scientism served to minimize sociopolitical and religious conflict around the issue. As such, it embodied, and continues to embody, a number of interests and values, as well as serving important social functions. It is thus comparable with other normative frameworks and can be appraised, from an ethical perspective, in light of these values, interests, and functions. This work examines the key values, interests, and functions of scientism in suicidology and argues that although scientism has had some social benefit, it primarily serves to maintain political and professional interests and has damaging implications for suicide research and prevention.

DOI 10.1007/s11673-015-9662-4
Citations Scopus - 2
2014 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Re-moralizing the suicide debate', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 11 223-232 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11673-014-9510-y
Citations Scopus - 1
2014 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Stories worth telling: Moral experiences of suicidal behavior', Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, 4 147-160 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1353/nib.2014.0047
2014 Matthews LM, Fitzpatrick SJ, Bohle P, Quinlan M, 'Investigation and prosecution following workplace fatalities: Responding to the needs of families', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 25 253-270 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1035304614534350
Citations Scopus - 1
2014 Fitzpatrick SJ, Jordens CFC, Kerridge IH, Keown D, Walter JJ, Nelson P, et al., 'Religious Perspectives on the Use of Psychopharmaceuticals as an Enhancement Technology', Journal of Religion and Health, 53 1440-1455 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s10943-013-9761-7
2013 Fitzpatrick SJ, Kerridge IH, 'Challenges to a more open discussion of suicide', Medical Journal of Australia, 198 470-471 (2013) [C2]
DOI 10.5694/mja12.11540
Citations Scopus - 4
2012 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'The Telling Moment: Narrative as a Discursive Act', AJOB Neuroscience, 3 80-81 (2012)
DOI 10.1080/21507740.2012.721452
2011 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Looking beyond the qualitative and quantitative divide: Narrative, ethics and representation in suicidology', Suicidology Online, 2 29-37 (2011) [C2]
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Conference (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Rethinking risk and responsibility: Broadening ethical and political debate about suicide and its prevention through the use of public health ethics frameworks' (2017)
2017 Luscombe G, Newman J, Fitzpatrick SJ, Bailey J, McEvoy L, Halls M, 'Health, access, and engagement of young Aboriginal people in Western NSW' (2017)
2016 McKenzie H, White K, Hayes L, Fitzpatrick SJ, Cox K, River J, 'The integration of formal and informal care provision: An exploratory study of the experiences of primary support persons of chemotherapy outpatients' (2016)
2016 Fitzpatrick SJ, River J, 'A case for the development of informal, nonmedical suicide intervention services' (2016)
2015 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'The turn to stories in suicide prevention: Provocations and challenges for research, policy, and practice.' (2015)
2015 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Personal stories, institutionalised discourses' (2015)
2014 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Bibliotherapy in rural and regional NSW: A pilot project' (2014)
2014 Matthews LR, Bohle P, Quinlan M, Pitts C, Fitzpatrick SJ, Ngo M, 'Traumatic death at work: The impact of regulatory procedures on surviving families¿ bereavement' (2014)
2013 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Suicidal behaviour, narrative and implications for practice' (2013)
2013 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Challenges to a more open discussion of suicide' (2013)
2012 McKenzie H, White K, Hayes L, Fitzpatrick SJ, Cox K, River J, 'The experience of providing informal support to chemotherapy outpatients: An exploratory study' (2012)
2010 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Composing suicide' (2010)
2010 Fitzpatrick SJ, 'Re-moralizing suicide research: Ethical and methodological considerations' (2010)
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Fitzpatrick SJ, Allen J, Hazell T, Gander C, 'Act-Belong-Commit Community Wellbeing Project Evaluation', University of Newcastle's Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, Far West Medicare Local, Far West Local Health District, Western Local Health District, NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW Department of Premiers and Cabinet, (2015)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $130,025

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20171 grants / $127,025

National Suicide Prevention Trial Regional Provider and Community Consultation$127,025

Funding body: Western NSW Primary Health Network

Funding body Western NSW Primary Health Network
Project Team

David Perkins Scott Fitzpatrick Donna Read Hazel Dalton

Scheme National Suicde Prevention Trial
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

20161 grants / $3,000

Toward a place-based understanding of suicide in rural Australia$3,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team

Dr Scott Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor Kerry Inder, Professor David Perkins, Professor Alan Hayes, Dr Donna Read

Scheme Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD A Comparative Analysis of Psychosocial Approaches to the Prevention of Suicide in Australia PhD (CommunityMed & ClinEpid), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Investigating the Role of Carers of Individuals with Mental Health Issues as an Unpaid Component of the Mental Health Workforce PhD (CommunityMed & ClinEpid), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Scott Fitzpatrick

Position

Research Fellow
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email scott.fitzpatrick@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 6363 8464
Fax (02) 6361 2457

Office

Room R.41
Building Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Location Bloomfield Campus Forest Road Orange NSW 2800

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