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Joint Approach for Wicked Problems

  4 November 2019 Funded by a $5 million dollar grant, key Indigenous leaders from across Australia held their inaugural meeting last month in Perth, charged with the task of finding innovative approaches to the complex problem of Indigenous wellbeing. Lead researcher Professor Pat Dudgeon, from the UWA Poche Centre and School of Indigenous Studies, said: “This multidisciplinary approach, which will investigate a range of initiatives to solve some of our country’s ‘wicked’ problems, is critical in improving the delivery of mental health services for Australia’s Indigenous population.” The grant, part of the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Million Minds Mission, follows calls for Indigenous mental health services that promote cultural values and empower service users. Researchers [...]

Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conferences 2018

The 2nd National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference and 2nd World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference was held in Perth, Western Australia in November 2018. The theme of the conferences, Building a Stronger Tomorrow: Connecting our Communities Through Culture, reflects the unique opportunities for Indigenous people and communities, policy makers and researchers to share learnings and to collaborate on solutions that work in Indigenous suicide prevention. The Conferences attracted over 550 delegates from across Australia and around the world. The conferences were preceded by the World Indigenous Youth Cultural Exchange Day.

Guidelines for best practice

New guidelines to improve assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts The Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies), commissioned by the Centre for Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) have developed evidenced-based Guidelines for best practice psychosocial assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts (Guidelines) to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people presenting with suicidal thoughts and behaviours. A history of self-harm is one of the strongest known risk factors for suicide and represents an important opportunity to engage with people in a preventive intervention. As Professor Pat Dudgeon, Director of CBPATSISP notes: [...]

Professor Tom Calma AO

Professor Calma is an Aboriginal Elder from the Kungarakan (Koong ara kun) tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja (Ee wad ja) tribal group whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia, respectively.  He has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, state, national and international level and worked in the public sector for over 45 years and is currently on a number of boards and committees focussing on rural and remote Australia, health, mental health and suicide prevention, education, justice reinvestment, research, leadership, reconciliation and economic development. Prof Calma was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human [...]

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. She is a psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. Pat is a Professor and Poche Research Fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia. Her area of research includes Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Amongst her many commitments, she is a former Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission (completed 5 year term July 2017), deputy chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association, member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders Mental Health, co-chair of the ministerial Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention [...]

Tom Brideson

Over the past 25 years Tom has been active in mental health and health policy, social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB), clinical mental health care, suicide prevention, education and mental health leadership. Tom is a Kamilaroi/Gomeroi man born in Gunnedah, NSW. He is a member of the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council, the National Congress of Australia’s First People, Indigenous Allied Health Australia and Chairs the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health Ltd. Since 2007, Tom has been the State-wide Coordinator for the NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program. He has many published articles regarding this workforce and advocates for the broad emerging professional workforces across all health and human services. While many gains [...]

Adele Cox

Adele Cox: Chief Executive and Project Director NICRS Adele Cox is a Bunuba and Gija woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Adele works as an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in a range of areas, specifically mental health and suicide prevention. She was previously engaged as a National Senior Consultant on the National Empowerment Project and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project and is also involved on state and national Indigenous suicide prevention projects across Australia. Beginning her career working as a broadcaster/journalist covering Indigenous-specific content as well as mainstream media, Adele has spent the majority of her working life devoted to advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander [...]

Dr Mark Wenitong

Mark is from the Kabi Kabi tribal group of South Queensland. Mark brings extensive expertise and experience to the Council. Involved in both clinical and policy work throughout his career, he is currently the Aboriginal Public Health Medical Officer at Apunipima Cape York Health Council, where he is working on health reform across the Cape York Aboriginal communities. Mark has also previously been a Senior Medical Officer at Wuchopperen Health Services in Cairns, a Medical Advisor for the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) in Canberra, the acting CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), and has worked in community development with World Vision in Papunya, Northern Territory. Mark is a past president [...]

Jacob Corpus

Jacob was raised in the small town of Broome and is a proud descendant of the Yawuru and Nyul-Nyul tribes of the Kimberley region. Jacob is the Male Youth Representative for the West Kimberley and has been a strong youth Advocate since being elected by his peers to voice the 2017 Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Forum report and recommendations. Since then he has been trained to deliver a range of programs surrounding health and wellbeing to local service providers and community members through his position at the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service in the Social and Emotional Wellbeing unit. His proudest achievement so far is taking the opportunity to coordinate two Empowerment and Leadership forums in the West [...]