The CBPATSISP produces reports on key topics related to Indigenous suicide prevention.
Aboriginal Participatory action research: An Indigenous research methodology strengthening decolonisation and social and emotional wellbeing (2020)
Focusing on Indigenous wellbeing paradigms, discourses, and disciplines this discussion paper was co-authored by Professor Pat Dudgeon and published by the Lowitja Institute.
Roadmap to recovery: Reporting on a research taskforce supporting Indigenous responses to COVID-19 in Australia (2020)
This report to the Commonwealth Government by Group of Eight universities, which outlined an approach to ensuring the physical and mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous people during the Covid-19 pandemic, was co-authored by Professor Pat Dudgeon.
Developing best practice guidelines for the psychosocial assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts (2020)
Developed with the Menzies School of Health Research, these evidence-based guidelines are intended to improve the quality of care and outcomes for Indigenous people who go to hospital with suicidal thoughts or behaviours.
Implementation workshop reports: Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration Implementation Guide and the CBPATSISP Indigenous Governance Framework (2018-19)
In late 2018 and throughout 2019, the CBPATSISP and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH) co-hosted a national series of workshops to discuss implementation of the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration and the CBPATSISP Indigenous Governance Framework. Reports on the outcomes of the workshops are listed here:
Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities in Relation to Strengthening the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workforce (2019)
In May 2019 the CBPATSISP co-hosted a workshop with Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group (ATSIMHSPAG), intended to:
- share knowledge, wisdom and preferred ways of working among the existing SEWB workforce
- identify structural and practical supports to strengthen the SEWB and mental health workforces and systems
- prioritise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce at worker, organisational and systems levels
- agree on ways to strengthen and sustain the SEWB workforce.
This report details the workshop outcomes.
We are not the problem, we are part of the solution: Indigenous Lived Experience Project Report (2018)
In June 2018, the CBPATSISP facilitated a workshop to investigate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lived experiences of suicide. This report details the workshop outcomes.
Implementing Integrated Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities – A Guide for Primary Health Networks (2018)
This document supports Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to implement integrated approaches to suicide prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Indigenous Governance for Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (2018)
This is the second Guide to support Primary Health Networks (PHNs) working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to co-design and co-implement integrated approaches to suicide prevention.
This background paper presents an overview of suicide in Indigenous peoples in countries where there is a dominant White society. These countries share similar colonial histories and all but Greenland have Indigenous populations that are significantly smaller than the non-Indigenous population.
This literature review informed the establishment at the Black Dog Institute of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre.
Empowerment and Accountability in Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention – Report on Workshop Proceedings (2019)
In response to the high rate of suicide deaths among Indigenous young people and children, and the Western Australian Coroner’s report of the Inquest into the 13 Deaths of Children and Young Persons in the Kimberley Region, the CBPASTSISP co-hosted Youth Suicide Prevention workshop in Canberra in April 2019. This report details the workshop outcomes.
A workshop on Aboriginal youth wellbeing was held in Broome in August 2019 to inform the Western Australian Government’s response to the Learnings from the Message Stick report into youth suicide in remote areas and the Western Australian Coroner’s report of the Inquest into the 13 Deaths of Children and Young Persons in the Kimberley Region. This report details the workshop outcomes.
Guidelines for best practice psychosocial assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts (2019)
These guidelines contain recommendations for the effective and appropriate psychosocial assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts. These guidelines are important for all practitioners, and particularly non-Indigenous practitioners, to better understand their capacity to engage more responsibly with Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) found that several critical changes were necessary to shift into a more empowering and effective space within Aboriginal suicide prevention. Ensuring that all relevant mental health staff achieve key performance indicators in cultural competence and delivery of trauma informed care was one of these recommendations.
Suicide Prevention Fact Sheets
CBPATSISP has produced several fact sheets which provide concise summaries of findings, recommendations and outcomes of research, conferences, roundtable consultations and other enquiries relevant to suicide prevention.
Suicide Prevention Policy Concordance
The Suicide Prevention Policy Concordance is aimed at Indigenous communities, mental health and health services, Primary Health Networks, policy-makers, researchers and advocates interested in Indigenous suicide prevention.
It aims to assist readers navigate the many policy documents that encompass Indigenous and mainstream suicide prevention and related areas at the Commonwealth, States and Territory and community levels. This includes Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and relevant mental health-related policy documents.
The CBPATSISP is Australia’s leading authority on Indigenous suicide and participates actively in policy and consultation processes to ensure that the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are understood and appropriately considered in policy, system and funding decisions at Commonwealth and State and Territory levels.
As a member of Suicide Prevention Australia the CBPATSISP seeks to influence the suicide prevention sector to be inclusive of Indigenous people in its systemic advocacy, ensuring equitable investment in Indigenous-specific suicide prevention reponses, while promoting cultural safety in mainstream programs and services.
Policy Submissions and Statements
Mental health charities call for stronger action on climate change and support for NGO’s in the lead up to Black Summer Bushfire anniversary – September 2020
Fourteen leading Australian mental health, homelessness, disability and representative organisations, including the Center for Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP), have come together to urge federal, state and territory governments to take stronger action to address the climate crisis and reduce emissions to protect the mental health and wellbeing of the Australian community. You can find the joint statement here.
Analysis: Coroners Court of Victoria report of the Victorian suicides of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – July 2020
Call for Action: The WA Government needs to commit to investing in the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people – May 2020
This statement is from the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre (KALACC), Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS), the Kimberley Land Council (KLC), Empowered Communities East Kimberley (ECEK) and the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention at the University of Western Australia (CBPATSISP).
Call for Action: The State Government Needs to Commit to Addressing Kimberley Youth Suicide – March 2020
This statement is from the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC), the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) and the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention at the University of Western Australia.
Comments on the Productivity Commission Draft Report on Mental Health – February 2020
The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH) prepared a joint submission for the Productivity Commission.
WA Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths of thirteen children and young people in the Kimberley region
This report, which concluded 12 of 13 deaths of children and young people were suicides, drew extensively on the expert testimony of Professor Pat Dudgeon and on the ATSISPEP Solutions That Work report.
Learnings from the message stick: The report of the Inquiry into Aboriginal youth suicide in remote areas
Education and Health Standing Committee, WA Parliament (2016) This report drew extensively on the work of Professor Pat Dudgeon, the ATSISPEP Solutions That Work report and the National Empowerment Project.
Manual of Resources for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention
The Manual is a collection of practical resources and tools that people, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous, can use to make a real difference in promoting positive mental health and social emotional wellbeing, and preventing suicide in our communities.
Professor Pat Dudgeon contributes expertise to a broad range of governance and advisory groups. These include: