Darwin Suicide Prevention Focus on Communication, Youth

Resolutions from the third meeting of the Darwin steering committee of the National Suicide Prevention Trial include measures to increase youth empowerment, extend communications and map a safer future for local people.

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10 November 2017

Resolutions from today’s third meeting of the Darwin steering committee of the National Suicide Prevention Trial include measures to increase youth empowerment, extend communications and map a safer future for local people.

Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt AM, chaired the Committee meeting, which he said resolved to expedite local responses to the issue of suicide.

“These are important steps forward, as we walk and work together with local communities, on how we can best address these challenges,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Suicide prevention among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is a top priority for the Turnbull Government.”

“Community engagement is the key component and we are committed to partnerships to develop models and approaches for meaningful change.”

Today’s resolutions include:

    • Establishment of a youth forum
    • Development of a community communications strategy
    • Adoption of a “living work plan” that will evolve during the trial
“The trial is progressing the recruitment of Suicide Prevention Trial Coordinators and development of a three-year work plan and community engagement models,” said Minister Wyatt.

“Proposed activities also include evidence-based training for hospital, emergency department and allied health staff, general practitioners, and first responders.”

Darwin is one of 12 regions taking part in the National Suicide Prevention Trial, in recognition of the high local suicide rate, a large proportion of which are Indigenous people.

Outcomes from the roundtable will help plan and inform the design of the trial, local suicide prevention activity, and inform the design of strategies in the national trial.

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449
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