Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSIPEP) Report released

4 Dec 2016

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.

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