Indigenous communities must be empowered to address the social and emotional wellbeing needs of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, with COVID-19 putting an additional strain on mental health, a national consensus report led by The University of Western Australia has revealed.
The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention at The University of Western Australia has today released a Statement on #BlackLivesMatter, and Black deaths in custody. An extract from the Statement is below.
A prominent researcher in Indigenous health from The University of Western Australia has called for a new approach to suicide prevention programs, following figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that show a 21 per cent increase in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide rates over the past decade.
New research led by The University of Western Australia has revealed that one in two patients admitted to hospital with a cardiovascular disease is suffering from multiple chronic medical conditions which required complex treatment. The rate was significantly higher among Aboriginal people, affecting three in four patients.
Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year, according to new joint research by The University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia.
The School of Indigenous Studies at UWA was honoured to host Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and The Hon. Sussan Ley, Minister for Health, Aged Care, Sport, last Friday to discuss Indigenous suicide.
Professor Pat Dudgeon, National Mental Health Commissioner and Research Professor and project leader for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) was contacted by Minister Ley for her specialist knowledge in the area.
A leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention body has warned that Christmas is a susceptible time for both young and old in the community who may struggle with expectations of the festive holiday period.
The University of Western Australia has congratulated Professor Pat Dudgeon, the first Aboriginal psychologist to graduate in Australia and one of the first Mental Health Commissioners in the country, on being shortlisted for the 2015 Human Rights Medal.
Professor Pat Dudgeon was one of the National Mental Health Commissioners visiting Elcho Island and the Galiwin'ku team who deliver a disaster response to the community following cyclones. Professor Dudgeon said the Galiwin'ku program could be used as a case study for best practice, as it is an appropriate disaster response model, that is culturally appropriate, working in both Western and traditional knowledges with excellent client care.
A rock shelter in the Weld Range provides evidence of the oldest human occupation in the Mid-West region of Western Australia, a research project partnered between The University of Western Australia and Wajarri Traditional Owners has discovered.
Christmas time is a vulnerable period to depression and self-harm for many people, young and older – and therefore a period where families, extended families and communities as a whole should keep a watch on family and community members who may struggle with the expectations of the festive holiday periods and support them wherever possible.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are dying at twice the rate of other Australians from suicide, and among younger age groups the rate can be six times higher. In some communities, suicide clusters involving up to 20-plus deaths in a short time-frame take a terrible toll not only in terms of wasted lives, but also devastate communities and those left behind. Professor Pat Dudgeon, from The University of Western Australian's School of Indigenous Studies and a summit convenor said: "It's time that this terrible ‘gap' is closed, once and for all."
A comprehensive research report into the high rates of suicide in the Kimberley has called for a major change in the way prevention programs are designed and delivered that will both empower and heal Aboriginal communities.