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Critical response program to tackle high Western Australian Indigenous suicide rate

Date posted: 18 January 2016

The Federal Government has pledged $1 million to set up a Critical response project to tackle Indigenous suicide in Western Australia (WA), as advocates warn the state has one of the worst rates across the nation.

The project will aim to better coordinate suicide services and deliver them in culturally appropriate ways, according to Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion.

An on-call service will allow WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to contact the critical response team when they are affected by suicide or traumatic events.

Senator Scullion said the initiative was being trialled in WA because it had the greatest need, with one in four Indigenous suicides across Australia taking place in the state.

Source: ABC News


Last updated: 18 January 2016
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