Authors: Adele Cox, WA
Event: 2003 TheMHS Conference
Subject: For Young People
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The West Australian Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Steering Committee was established in 1999 as a key recommendation from the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention’ report “Across Government Policy and Programs for Preventing Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour Among Aboriginal Youth in WA” which was endorsed by State Cabinet as the State Policy Plan on suicide prevention for Aboriginal communities. The Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Steering Committee’s primary role was to implement the recommendations as part of the plan and ensure each of the relevant government and key non-government agencies had uptake of these recommendations. This paper describes the actions taken and recommendations put forward from the Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Steering Committee for across-government and inter-sectoral action to reduce the ‘up stream’ causes of suicide and other psychosocial problems affecting Aboriginal communities.