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Researchers from the Menzies Centre for Child Development and Education (CCDE) criss-crossed the country during August and September conducting public consultations in 16 capital cities and regional centres. Their ultimate task was to seek information that may help to reduce the distressingly high rates of suicide in Indigenous communities around Australia.
The team, lead by Associate Professor Gary Robinson, has been charged with capturing material to feed into the development of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy. It has spoken to more than 500 people and received over 50 submissions to the consultation website.
There was a steely resolve on the part of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who attended the consultation sessions to apply themselves to the problem and work hard to develop answers to the scourge of Indigenous suicide.
‘There was a sense of hope on the part of people who want to be heard,' said A/Prof Robinson. ‘They want to know what the options are, and have input into the strategies that reflect the views of their communities.'
With the consultation process now complete, the team has an enormous task ahead to distil the wealth of material they have collected and synthesise it into a cohesive response for government by the end of October.
Source: Menzies School of Health Research
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