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Development of the nation's first Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy

Date posted: 4 June 2012

The Menzies School of Health Research has been appointed to help the Gillard Government develop the nation's first Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy.

The Menzies School will work with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Advisory Group and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) to ensure the Strategy is coherent and comprehensive, and backed by a strong evidence base.

'Any person taking their own life is a tragedy that deeply affects their family and community. We are determined to tackle the high rate of Indigenous suicide in Australia and this announcement is a further tangible step we are taking to do just that,' Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, said.

Mr Butler also today announced the first tranche of projects which will share in around $2.4 million funding.

'This funding is for five local projects which have their roots in the local community. They are being delivered by organisations focused on prevention and with experience and knowledge of the unique issues faced by Indigenous communities.'

The Government is providing funding for the following projects:

Source: Minister for Mental Health and Ageing


Last updated: 25 July 2012
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