Indigenous suicide prevention to be tackled

THE Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council (ASPAC) is to be continued until 2014, operating alongside a new Indigenous Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, with the government set to develop a suicide prevention strategy for Indigenous Australians.

Announcing the initiatives recently on World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September, Mental Health Minister Mark Butler said the council would build on its achievements from its first term and continue to provide expert advice to the government. 

“The ASPAC will provide advice on the implementation of our Taking Action to Tackle Suicide package and National Suicide Prevention Program, which together will deliver $231.6 million to vital programs and services over the next four years,” he said.

Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon said the new advisory group would focus “on what needs to be done to reduce the impact of suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander