National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy

The objective of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy is to reduce the cause, prevalence and impact of suicide on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, their families and communities.

Page last updated: May 2013

Date of publication: May 2013

In June 2010 the Senate Community Affairs References Committee recommended, in its report into suicide that "…the Commonwealth government develop a separate suicide prevention strategy for Indigenous communities within the National Suicide Prevention Strategy..." (SCARC, 2011).

In response the Australian Government agreed to develop Australia's first national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy and established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Advisory Group to guide its development. The strategy has been informed by extensive community consultation with 14 community meetings held across Australia attended by 446 people, a national expert workshop, and a website that received 48 contributions directly from the community.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy encompasses the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' holistic view of mental health, physical, cultural and spiritual health and has an early intervention focus that works to build strong communities through more community-focused and integrated approaches to suicide prevention and commits the government to genuinely engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop local, culturally appropriate strategies to identify and respond to those most at risk within our communities.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy (online)

Word version: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy (Word 1064 KB large file)

PDF version: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy (PDF 1125 KB large file)

The same publication in smaller sections:

Cover pages (PDF 302 KB)
Executive summary (PDF 123 KB)
1 Context (PDF 704 KB)
2 Principles, 3 Goals (PDF 87 KB)
4 Action areas (PDF 219 KB)
5 Implementation (PDF 73 KB)
References (PDF 104 KB)
Appendix 1 (PDF 104 KB)

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