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The Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has been awarded more than $290,000 by beyondblue to investigate the key drivers of suicide attempts and opportunities for prevention among Indigenous Australians.
The funding will enable Menzies researchers to comprehensively investigate the healthcare provided to remote and urban Indigenous people hospitalised for attempted suicide in the Northern Territory over 12 years from 2000-2012.
Associate Professor Gary Robinson said, 'Suicide is a tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes, with national rates of suicide for Indigenous people around three times higher than for the general population. This highlights the need to take urgent action.'
'This funding will enable us to examine outcomes for people hospitalised for attempted suicide in the Northern Territory, for a number of years after the event. We hope to obtain critical information about healthcare received before suicide attempts and the follow up care provided after the attempt. This information should help us to better understand opportunities for prevention,' he said.
The project will be led by Associate Professor Gary Robinson, Professor Sven Silburn and Associate Professor Tricia Nagel in a partnership with the Australian Government's Department of Health and with Aboriginal Medical Services in Darwin and Alice Springs. It will conclude at the end of 2014 and findings will be discussed with key Indigenous stakeholders to identify strategies and guidelines for prevention and follow up care.
Source: Menzies School of Health Research
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