Media event date: 
15 June 2019
Date published: 
17 June 2019
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

The Morrison Government is investing $400,000 in four innovation research grants to find new ways to protect people at risk of suicide and interventions to prevent suicide.

Funding will be provided through our Government’s $12 million National Suicide Prevention Research Fund (NSPRF), for projects which support bold ideas to prevent suicide in Australia.

Suicide is a national tragedy and around 3,000 Australians take their lives each year.

One life lost to suicide is one too many.

The NSPRF is a world-first. It is designed to provide sustainable financial support for Australian suicide prevention researchers to develop new knowledge and approaches to suicide prevention.

The four research projects will receive up to $100,000 to contribute to the evidence-base in suicide prevention and ultimately reduce the number of people lost to suicide each year.

The four successful research projects are:

  • Dr Mark Larsen, University of New South Wales: behavioural patterns at suicide hot spots.
  • Dr Miriam Posselt, University of South Australia: suicide prevention tools for asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, University of Newcastle: alcohol, depression and social isolation in older Australians.
  • Dr Wei Du, Australian National University: hospital-to-community supports to prevent people attempting suicide again.

The NSPRF is managed by Suicide Prevention Australia with a research advisory committee of leading experts from the lived experience community and the research, government and clinical service delivery sectors.

Since its inception in 2017, the NSPRF has invested $2.93 million in suicide research projects.

The Morrison Government is committed to investing in mental health services for all Australians, and is a key pillar of our Long Term National Health Plan.

Our Government is prioritising better mental health for all Australians with a record $4.9 billion expected to be spent on mental health this year alone.

The Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.