UWA News has moved to Impact

Monday, 17 August 2020

All UWA news content, including media releases, are now available on Impact.

Pat Dudgeon

COVID-19 puts extra strain on wellbeing of Indigenous Australians

Friday, 26 June 2020

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.

Roadmap to address dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Friday, 26 June 2020

The NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research has launched the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation, which was developed through the leadership of Dr Kate Smith and Professor Dawn Bessarab from The University of Western Australia.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Black lives matter. Aboriginal lives matter. Black deaths in custody must stop

Friday, 5 June 2020

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.

Pat Dudgeon

Alarming increase in Indigenous suicide rates demands new ways of working

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

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.

Fifty per cent of cardiovascular patients suffer from multiple diseases

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

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.

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Ten million tonnes of fish dumped every year

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

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.

Prime Minister comes to campus

Monday, 15 August 2016

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. 

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Christmas a vulnerable time for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders

Friday, 4 December 2015

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.

Pat Dudgeon

UWA’s Professor Pat Dudgeon shortlisted for Human Rights Medal

Thursday, 19 November 2015

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.

Arnhem Land community-driven mental health program being used as case study for rest of country

Thursday, 2 July 2015

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.

Evidence of oldest human occupation in Mid-West discovered

Thursday, 4 June 2015

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.

ATSISPEP Press Release

Friday, 19 December 2014

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. 

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Summit to address unacceptably high rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide

Friday, 20 June 2014

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."

Hear Our Voices report

Empowering Aboriginal communities the key to suicide prevention

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

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.