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Evaluates the effectiveness of existing suicide prevention services and programs in reducing suicide and suicide ideation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Summary

The Australian Government has recently funded the University of Western Australia (working with the Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing,
Telethon Kids Institute) to undertake the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP).

This project will evaluate the effectiveness of existing suicide prevention services and programs in reducing suicide and suicide ideation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The need for this comprehensive, national evaluation project is clear and urgent. Thirty years ago suicide was relatively rare among Aboriginal people. Yet according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), there were 996 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide deaths registered across Australia between 2001 and 2010 – around 100 per year for that period. And in 2012, the ABS reported 117 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths by suicide, suggesting a worsening situation over time.

Overall suicide rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are significantly higher than for other Australians – with a rate ratio of 2.0 for males and 1.9 for females. Of critical concern, is that suicide rates are highest among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 15-19 years (5.9 times higher for females and 4.4 times higher for males), than for other Australians in the same age group.

 

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2014
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