MATES in Construction is an evidenced based organisation.  The program was developed from a solid evidence base provided by the Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention – “The AISRAP Report”.  The MATES in Construction program works towards implementing the recommendations of this report in a manner that connects the strengths of the industry’s culture, context and capability with known best practice in suicide prevention.

The focus on good research is also reflected in the MATES in Construction Vision, Mission and Values Statement

  • Research: Gather data, partnering with research institutions to provide useful, insightful and practical information back to the industry through the MATES in Construction Board.

The mission statement is implemented through the organisations 10 strategic priorities

  • Priority 8. Research: MATES in Construction is an evidence based organisation.  The program was created based on a research project into suicides in the Queensland Commercial Building and Construction Industry.  As an organisation we are committed to ensure our work align with best practice and to share the learning from the MATES in Construction program with other likeminded organisations.
  • Priority 10. Seek Best Practice: MATES in Construction will continually monitor best practice within the field of community based suicide prevention and adjust the program accordingly.  We will seek registration on best practice registers where possible.     

MATES in Construction has established an Academic Reference Group and a national board position of “Academic Director” to guide and assist us in achieving best practice and to fulfil our commitment to research and knowledge sharing.

MATES in Construction may commission research directly, partners with institution around grants or participate as a junior partners / advisor to research projects.  All projects are assessed according to set criteria.  To register an interest in partnering with MATES in Construction around relevant research please complete the form on the Research Themes and Priorities page