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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy

Australia Department of Health and Aging Country Resources Suicide Prevention Australia 29 May 2013 Policy document Indigenous peoples, prevention, strategy

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The overarching objective of the Strategy is to reduce the cause, prevalence and impact of suicide on individuals, their families and communities.
Six goals underpin this objective:
1. Reduce the incidence and impact of suicide and suicidal behaviour in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and in specific communities affected by suicide.
2. Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and populations are supported within available resources to respond to high levels of suicide and/or self- harming behaviour with effective prevention strategies.
3. Implement effective activities that reduce the presence and impact of risk factors that contribute to suicide outcomes in the short, medium and long term and across the lifespan.
4. Build the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the workforce in fields related to suicide prevention, early intervention and social and emotional wellbeing through the provision of training, skills and professional qualifications at all levels.
5. Build the evidence base to support effective action and to evaluate the outcomes of suicide prevention activity at local, regional and national levels.
6. Make high quality resources, information and methods to support suicide prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples available across all contexts and circumstances.
The objectives and goals will be achieved through the six action areas of the Strategy, which set out how these will be achieved in terms of areas of need, intervention and expected outcomes.


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