The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSIPEP) was commissioned by the Australian Government through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
"[ATSIPEP] arose from Indigenous community members, leaders in mental health and suicide prevention and the Australian Government who shared an intention that the implementation of the [National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy] NATSISPS, and the funds pledged towards it, should be impactful and should reduce suicide in Indigenous communities. The parties also shared concern that more formal approaches should be adopted to identify a sufficiently robust evidence-base on which NATSISPS implementation could proceed." (p1)
The report was delivered to the government in October and released on 10 November 2016 at a ceremony in Parliament House. The ceremony was attended by members of the project team, key stakeholders, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, and Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt.
The report provides information on success factors for Indigenous suicide prevention, tools and resources to support Indigenous suicide prevention activity, and recommendations for future Indigenous suicide prevention activity, implementation of the NATSISPS, and the dissemination and implementation of ATSIPEP findings.
The Government has committed to establishing a Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention to continue the work of ATSIPEP.
Further information on ATSIPEP is available from the ATSIPEP website at the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Institute.
Download the ATSIPEP Report here.
Recent news releases and reports:
- Indigenous-led suicide prevention plan needed to fight Aboriginal death crisis: report (ABC News, 12 Oct 2016)
- “Time to stop talking on Indigenous suicide prevention, but to take action in partnership” (Croakey, 13 Oct 2016)
- Indigenous-led suicide prevention plan needed to fight Aboriginal death crises: report (NewsinMind.com, 13 Oct 2016)
- Report from the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (NACCHO News, 14 Oct 2016)
- Suicide Prevention Project: mainstream project are failing (National Indigenous Radio Service, 14 Oct 2016)
- Suicide report paves way for LGBTI recognition (WASHN, 31 Oct 2016)
- Report identifies need for change in Indigenous suicide prevention (UWA Media Statement, 10 Nov 2016)
- Dodson sheds tears on Indigenous suicide (NITV, 10 Nov 2016)
- Family from remote WA town travel to Canberra for launch of Indigenous suicide report (ABC News, 10 Nov 2016)
- Emotional Pat Dodson calls for action to stop devastating rate of Indigenous suicide (ABC News, 11 Nov 2016)
- Psychologists welcome the ATSISPEP report and renewed efforts to reduce suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (APS Media Release, 14 Nov 2016)
- Plan to reduce Indigenous suicides finally acknowledges lack of evidence and need for hope (The Conversation, 14 Nov 2016)
- Trailblazers must lead because not all the reports & inquiries compiled will reduce Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander suicides, child removals & incarceration (The Stringer, 14 Nov 2016)
- Australia's shame: Some communities have 600 times the national suicide rate (Independent Australia, 2 Dec 2016)