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Silke_Kuehl_profilePhD, MA (Clinical), RN, DipPsychNurs

Clinical Research Fellow, Suicide and Mental Health Research Group

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Silke's PhD was on 'Coping Has Limits: 'Mixed Presenters' Emergency Department Presentations for Self-harm and Other Reasons. Her study was funded by the Health Research Council with a Clinical Research Training Fellowship and was viewed as 'exceptional'. Silke works part-time as a staff nurse at Wellington emergency department. Currently, she is working on a stocktake for the Mental Health Inquiry.

Research interests and activities

People who present to emergency departments for self-harm and other reasons – the clinical implications.

Focus on the person who experiences mental ill health.

The importance of engagement between clinicians and the person presenting to an emergency department with mental health issues.


Kuehl, S., Freeland, A., Stanley, J., & Cunningham, R. (2024). Almost one in five emergency department presentations are by mental health clients: A secondary data analysis. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 137(1595), 13-38. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

Kuehl, S., Cooper, L., & Every-Palmer, S. (2024). “Able to stop things from escalating”: Stakeholders’ perspectives of police, ambulance and mental health co-response to 911-mental health calls. Police Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0032258X241253965 Journal - Research Article

Kuehl, S., Gordon, S., & Every-Palmer, S. (2024). ‘In safe hands’: Experiences of services users and family/support people of police, ambulance and mental health co-response. Police Practice & Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15614263.2024.2326832 Journal - Research Article

Kuehl, S., Kim, A. H. M., & Every-Palmer, S. (2023). 'An accident waiting to happen': Experiences of police officers, paramedics, and mental health clinicians involved in 911-mental health crises: A cross-sectional survey. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 30, 822-835. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12916 Journal - Research Article

Werkmeister, C., Cunningham, R., Freeland, A., Stanley, J., Every-Palmer, S., & Kuehl, S. (2023). Missed presentations, missed opportunities: A cross-sectional study of mental health presentation undercounting in the emergency department. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 35, 276-282. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.14114 Journal - Research Article

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