This article by Tracy Westerman is feedback for the WA Government's response to the Inquiry examining the suicide of 13 Aboriginal children in the Kimberley.
This document outlines 12 key commitments by which the Western Australian Government will work to improve lived experiences for young Aboriginal people in the state, and particularly in the Kimberley region.
Suicide in rural and remote Australia: mental health strategies cannot effectively operate in isolation
This paper argues that a national rural and remote mental health strategy is necessary to improve the capacity of mental health services to combat the disturbing trend of high rates of suicide in remote and rural Australia. Also needed are other policies and strategies that...
The 2019 Kimberley Empowered Young Leaders Forums in Broome and Kununurra were facilitated to build the skills, responsibility, confidence and capacity in young people.
In response to the recent high rate of suicide deaths among Indigenous young people and children, and the Western Australian Coroner’s report of the Inquest into the 13 Deaths of Children and Young Persons in the Kimberley Region, Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and...
Guidelines for best practice psychosocial assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts
These guidelines contain recommendations for the effective and appropriate psychosocial assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
This inquiry report examines the deaths by suicide of 35 children and young people within 12 months of their involvement in child protection over the period 1 April 2007–1 April 2019. The report highlights the chasm between formal, coercive child protection interventions, and a child...
This report brings together the voices of Elders and community leaders from across affected communities that wished to speak publicly about the causes and solutions needed to address this issue of Indigenous self-harm and youth suicide.
This is the story of suicide prevention in two remote Indigenous communities - Tiwi Islands (Northern Territory) and Yarrabah (Queensland), told by the communities themselves. It is a story of community empowerment in each place and as such supports the existing work of the Aboriginal...
This case study demonstrates how Lifeline Australia brought the beneficiary voice and experience into developing a text-based, crisis support service.