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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy released

Date posted: 28 May 2013

This national strategy seeks to address the high rate of suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - reported to be twice that of non-Indigenous Australians. As part of the strategy, a holistic, early intervention approach will be focused on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to build strong communities. The aims are to reduce the causes, prevalence, and impacts of suicide on individuals, families, and communities.

The strategy will see increased investment for suicide prevention activities that are culturally specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Chair, Justin Mohamed, commented that, as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations have the biggest impacts on holistic improvements in Aboriginal health, including mental health, they are a trusted source of primary health care within the community and have a pivotal role to play in the strategy.

Source: NACCHO communiqué

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Colin Cowell
Media contact
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Ph: (02) 6246 9309
Ph: 0401 331251
Fax: (02) 6248 0744
Email: colin@naccho.org.au

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Last updated: 28 May 2013
 
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