ATSISPEP

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project

Our objectives

The Project seeks to evaluate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention services and programs; identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community suicide prevention needs; and identify system-level changes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention.

Media publications

A lot of research has been undertaken on suicide, and suicide prevention is a high priority for the community and the government. Suicide is a personal and social tragedy. It is essential that communities and individuals are appropriately supported. Links are provided here to a range of important research material and public reports on the rates and trends in suicide.

Project plan

The Project Plan outlines the rationale for the project; the project methodology and governance arrangements, including the role of the National Advisory Committee; and plans for a national conference on suicide prevention.

Our people

The Project has brought together a group of respected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and researchers and experienced non-Indigenous researchers and administrators.

Related organisations and support

The project will involve extensive community consultation and is supported by a number of other member organisations of the National Advisory Committee which have expertise in suicide prevention.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) will evaluate the effectiveness of existing suicide prevention services and programs. A report will recommend improvements to, or alternative evidenced-based service and program delivery models, where indicated by the evaluation.

The ATSISPEP Final Report is now available for download.

ATSISPEP: Solutions that Work - Final report launch

ATSISPEP has responded to calls to action to:

  • prioritise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of working
  • establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth forum
  • strengthen the evidence base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention
  • develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural framework for suicide prevention services and programs.

It will provide a report to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs by mid-2016 making recommendations for improvements to existing services and programs, and recommendations about alternative evidenced-based service and program delivery models, where indicated by evaluation.

Suicide is one of the most common causes of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. On average, over 100 Indigenous Australians end their lives through suicide each year, with the rate of suicide twice as high as that recorded for other Australians. Indigenous suicide rates can vary markedly by age, gender and other factors.

These maps provide a visual insight into how the number and rate of Indigenous suicides can vary across different regions of Australia:

Suicide numbers and rates by region can be viewed here

Suicide trends over time in suicide numbers can be viewed here 

The community consultation map can be viewed here


If you are looking for help please call one of the following national helplines:
Lifeline Counselling Service: 13 11 14; Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 (cost of a local call)

ATSISPEP is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Meet the team

  • Professor Jill Milroy Professor Jill Milroy is a Palyku woman whose country is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.... More on Prof. Jill Milroy
  • Professor Pat DudgeonProfessor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberley. She was the first qualified Indigenous psychologist... More on Prof. Pat Dudgeon
  • Dr Tom CalmaDr Tom Calma is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group in the Northern Territory... More on Dr Tom Calma
  • Associate Professor Roz WalkerAssociate Professor Roz Walker has been involved in research, evaluation and education with Aboriginal communities building local capacity... More on Ass. Prof. Roz Walker
  • Ms Adele CoxMs Adele Cox is a Bunuba and Gija woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia... More on Ms Adele Cox
  • Mr Gerry GeorgatosMr Gerry Georgatos has three undergraduate degrees – Philosophy, Aboriginal Studies and Media Studies... More on Mr Gerry Georgatos
  • Professor Sven SilburnProfessor Sven Silburn leads the program of developmental health, education and wellbeing research at the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) in Darwin... More on Prof. Sven Silburn
  • Dr Clair ScrineDr Clair Scrine is a Senior Research Officer at the Telethon Kids Institute. She has worked on a number key research and evaluation projects... More on Dr Clair Scrine

Collaborators
and Contributors

Conference

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference

Further information