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Megan Dobbie completed her Higher School Certificate in 1991 in NSW, Australia. Following this she was awarded a Medical Laboratory Science traineeship at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital for a period of 12 months. On completing this traineeship, she made her way to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Science (Medical Laboratory) at RMIT University whilst working as a laboratory technician in the renal laboratory unit at the Baker Institute for Medical Research. After 12 months in this position Megan worked as a laboratory assistant and phlebotomist in both the public and private sector.

In 1997, she changed her Bachelor of Science degree major to Psychology. Graduating in 2000 with Distinction, she accepted a post-graduate honours position at RMIT University. It was here that she completed her theses titled "Suicidal Ideation in Australian University Students". The results of this research were presented at the National Suicide Prevention Australia conference in 2001.

Megan has been a volunteer at Lifeline Melbourne (a crisis help telephone service) for 3 years and now is employed by the organization to work on the Victorian Suicide Helpline as a counsellor. She has held this position for 1 year and continues to be employed by Lifeline Melbourne.

Additionally, she was involved in WIN Support Services Crisis After Hours Respite Service for a period of 12 months, where she was an emergency after hours response officer and managed a team of support workers which dealt with after hours crises relating to aged care, disability management, and psychiatric care, including providing support for the hearing impaired in the forensic environment.

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In 2001, she started her Doctor of Psychology Higher Degree by Research (Clinical) at Deakin University. Areas of interest include youth suicide prevention, impact of trauma, personality disorders and cognitive functioning deterioration/change as result of de-mylinating diseases and Acquired Brain Injury.