Our Vision and Aims

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We Believe in Self-Determination

The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) aims to reduce the causes, prevalence and impact of suicide on Indigenous individuals, families and communities. A focus on at risk groups, by identifying, translating and promoting the adoption or adaption of best practice in Indigenous specific suicide prevention activity, including that which is found in emerging national and international research.

Our Vision

Best practice is viewed through an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community lens.

  • With the highest degree of proven effectiveness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community/cultural contexts
  • With transferability across urban, rural and remote settings, and
  • Identified by high quality research/evaluations.

Our Aims

  • Identifying the need for and facilitating, innovative new research (including evaluations of unevaluated activity) to support the further identification of Indigenous best practice.

  • Assessing best practice by Primary Health Networks (PHNs) in planning and commissioning Indigenous suicide prevention activities.

  • Working to translate best practice for application in Indigenous communities, community organisations, and by PHNs. This includes developing accessible and appropriate guidance and resource materials.

  • Developing an Indigenous-specific adaptation of the systems approach (e.g: European Alliance Against Depression model) to suicide prevention, based on identified best practice and aligned with the current overarching approach.

  • Proactively promoting and disseminating best practice research to ensure accessibility for all stakeholders. Such dissemination includes establishing a research/evaluation directory (clearinghouse). This would include the above being accessible through a website developed in consultation and with technical support from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. National conferences would also enable effective promotion and dissemination of relevant research. Further, the creation of a responsive education/guidance program tailored to stakeholder needs.

    This includes:

    • A best practice in Indigenous suicide prevention education program delivered to PHNs, with follow up over the life of the program.
    • A complementary education best practice program and resources specifically for Indigenous communities and organisations to help them work effectively with PHNs.
    • A best practice email advisory service for communities, community organisations and PHNs.

Artist Acknowledgement

Moortang Yoowarl Dandjoo Yaanginy
Families (Cultures) Coming Together for a Common Purpose (Sharing)

Shifting Sands

About the Artwork.
This artwork represents our people doing business on country that is recovering from colonisation; our lands taken over, our cultures decimated, and our families separated, causing hardship, despair, and loss of hope.

The many years of oppression to our cultures that our families and our Elders have had to endure has meant that we have needed to adapt and learn to engage and address a wide range of issues impacting on our families, in both traditional and contemporary ways. We are concerned with strengthening and reconnecting to our countries, cultures and families; to nurturing cultural identity and pride whilst still trying to carry our immediate and collective business as First Peoples of Country, but, on Shifting Sands.

The strong representation of our connected communities in the foreground of the painting symbolises the strength of our people as a group, displaying a new sense of cultural identity and pride, and a place of belonging while acknowledging the trauma affecting our families in the present.

We are rising once again, taking control of our own destinies, linking up strongly to each other across an uncertain terrain that will once again become solid as we become reconnected at all levels within a spirit of hope.

About the Artist

Aunty Roma Winmar, Noongar artist, was born in Gnowangerup, a small town in the southwest of Western Australia, in 1944. She has had numerous exhibitions and her artwork has been presented nationally and internationally. She is a Noongar language teacher at the Moorditj Noongar Community College in Middle Swan, Western Australia.

Artwork Copyright: Roma Winmar 2018

Contact Us

School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia

39 Fairway, Nedlands, WA 6009.


+61 8 6488 1570

Acknowledgement of Country:

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation, and their Elders past, present and emerging. We also wish to acknowledge and respect the continuing culture, strength, and resilience of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities as well as our Indigenous members from other parts of the world.


“The terms ‘Aboriginal’, ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’ and ‘Indigenous’ are used interchangeably. It is acknowledged that there are many cultural differences between and within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the use of differing terms does not intend to disregard such differences.” © Copyright 2018