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.

  1. Guidelines to improve assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thought

    Guidelines to improve assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thought

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  2. Guidelines to improve assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital

    Guidelines to improve assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital

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    Life in Mind is a national gateway connecting Australian suicide prevention services to each other and the community.

  3. New guidelines to improve assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts

    New guidelines to improve assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts

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    The Centre for Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention - Guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thought

  4. NEW GUIDELINES TO IMPROVE CARE OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE AT RISK OF SELF-HARM AND SUICIDE

    NEW GUIDELINES TO IMPROVE CARE OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE AT RISK OF SELF-HARM AND SUICIDE

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    Tanja Hirvonen, Bernard Leckning and Gary Robinson write: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have higher rates of hospitalisation involving self-harm in comparison with non-Indigenous Australians

  5. At Pioneer FC, suicide does discriminate

    At Pioneer FC, suicide does discriminate

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    Gary Robinson, a suicide researcher at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, traces a wave of suicides that hit Western Australia’s Kimberley region in recent years to the arrival of alcohol and cash-based economies, and a breakdown of cultural authority structures

  6. Urgent response ‘no fix for suicide’

    Urgent response ‘no fix for suicide’

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    Professor Gary Robinson said to get indigenous suicide rates back under control, Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt would need to “look through” many urgent calls for support

  7. Intergenerational trauma and Indigenous suicides in WA

    Intergenerational trauma and Indigenous suicides in WA

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    Experts claim the government is not only misdiagnosing the problem but is also unable to come up with productive solutions. By Karen Middleton.

  8. COAG Health Council | Communiqué 8 March 2019

    COAG Health Council | Communiqué 8 March 2019

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    The Federal, state and territory Health Ministers met in Adelaide at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues.

  9. $630,000 Injected into Suicide Prevention PhD Research

    $630,000 Injected into Suicide Prevention PhD Research

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    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.

  10. Researchers tackle Indigenous suicide

    Researchers tackle Indigenous suicide

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    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.

  11. Menzies centre tackles Indigenous youth suicide this World Suicide Prevention Day

    Menzies centre tackles Indigenous youth suicide this World Suicide Prevention Day

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    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).

  12. Menzies supports release of new National Indigenous Suicide Strategy

    Menzies supports release of new National Indigenous Suicide Strategy

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    Indigenous suicide prevention experts from the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have welcomed the Australian Government’s new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy released today.

  13. New study to investigate drivers of Indigenous suicide

    New study to investigate drivers of Indigenous suicide

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    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.

  14. Fighting For Life

    Fighting For Life

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    Our researchers traverse the country to speak to communities about preventing Indigenous suicide.

  15. National consultations seek answers to Indigenous suicide

    National consultations seek answers to Indigenous suicide

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    The Menzies School of Health Research will this week embark on a nationwide consultation on the development of Australia’s first national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy.

  16. Confronting the scourge of Indigenous Suicide

    Confronting the scourge of Indigenous Suicide

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    In June this year, the Menzies School of Health Research welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to appoint it to help develop the nation’s first National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy.

  17. Menzies to lead development of Australia's first National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy

    Menzies to lead development of Australia's first National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy

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    Menzies School of Health Research has welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to appoint it to help develop the nation’s first National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy.