Indigenous suicide rates in the Northern Territory (NT) are significantly above national rates, with suicide rates for Indigenous children and youth doubling since 2001.
This crisis was recognised in the 2012 report of the NT’s parliamentary inquiry into Indigenous suicide, “Gone Too Soon: A Report into Youth Suicide in the Northern Territory”.
Our research focus:
- To evaluate health service responses to self-harm and suicidal behaviour, through partnerships with government and Indigenous community-controlled sectors.
- To build an evidence base for effective suicide prevention across the lifespan.
- To implement and evaluate community-wide suicide prevention activity.
- To investigate the early life determinants of vulnerability to self-harm and suicide.
- To develop systems of data linkage to improve monitoring and surveillance of suicide risk and targeting of prevention.
Our research impact:
- In 2012, a Menzies team was appointed by the Australian Government to conduct nationwide consultations on Indigenous suicide prevention, in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). Public consultations were held across Australia with over 500 people attending and over 50 written submissions received. The launch of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy, based on Menzies work, is expected in 2013.
A Menzies team was commissioned by the NT Government’s Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee to investigate child and youth suicides in the NT from 2005-2010. The report’s findings were published and incorporated in the Committee’s submission to the Parliamentary Committee on youth suicide.
For details of suicide prevention research projects visit The Centre for Child Development and Education.
Indigenous suicide prevention experts from the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have welcomed the Australian Governmentís new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy released today.
The Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) will investigate the key drivers of suicide attempts and opportunities for prevention amongst Indigenous Australians in a new study.
The Menzies School of Health Research will this week embark on a nationwide consultation on the development of Australiaís first national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy.
Menzies School of Health Research has welcomed the Australian Governmentís decision to appoint it to help develop the nationís first National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy.
Our researchers traverse the country to speak to communities about preventing Indigenous suicide.
In June this year, the Menzies School of Health Research welcomed the Australian Governmentís decision to appoint it to help develop the nationís first National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy.
A Northern Territory-based research project aimed at curbing high rates of Indigenous youth suicide will expand its critical work following a funding announcement made to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day (Wednesday, 10 September).
A suicide prevention project by the Menzies Centre for Child Development and Education is targeting one of the most susceptible groups in Australia, Indigenous youth in remote areas.
Six PhD candidates from five Australian universities in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory will each receive $105,000 in funding to undertake new research into suicide prevention over three years.