Bernard Leckning

Coordinator, Suicide Prevention Research Program


Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of New South Wales, 2006.


Darwin Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus


Bernard started at Menzies as a research assistant during his candidature for a PhD in sociology from Macquarie University. Since then, he has been involved in numerous studies and consultations regarding suicide and suicide prevention.

Bernard’s research interests revolve around investigating the intersections between the developmental antecedents, social determinants and cultural contexts of suicide, especially amongst the Indigenous population. He is also interested in the design, development and evaluation of suicide prevention strategies in the areas of policy, non-clinical interventions and primary healthcare services.






  • Designing and piloting an Indigenous youth life skills program for remote communities (Department of Health and Ageing, 2013-2015)
  • Investigating the outcomes and opportunities for the prevention of deliberate self-harm hospitalisations in the NT (Beyondblue inc and NT Department of Health, 2013-2015)
  • Review and consultations for the development of a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy (Department of Health and Ageing, 2012-2013).



  1. Robinson, G., S.R. Silburn and B. Leckning (2012) Suicide of Children and Youth in the NT 2006-2010: Public Release Report for the Child Death Review and Prevention Committee. Darwin: The Centre for Child Development & Education, Menzies School of Health Research.