Indigenous Governance

The importance of Indigenous Governance and the need for best practice principles and strategies to achieve it cannot be overstated. It is now increasingly recognised that Indigenous Governance and Data Sovereignty are essential to make the system changes required to achieve Indigenous suicide prevention across all Indigenous population groups.

Indigenous Governance Framework

The Centre for Best Practice in Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention has developed an Indigenous Governance Framework in partnership with the LifeSpan Program within the Black Dog Institute, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The framework provides an in-depth discussion of the principles and importance of Indigenous governance in the context of developing, implementing and evaluating suicide prevention programs and services.

This is the second Guide undertaken in partnership with the Black Dog Institute to support Primary Health Networks (PHNs) working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to co-design and co-implement integrated approaches to suicide prevention.

Implementing Integrated Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: A Guide for PHNs

A starting point for any organisation wishing to improve their Indigenous governance is to find out about the history of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to listen to their experiences historically and today. Through building a relationship with the community, shared objectives can be established.

The Framework is a supporting document to Implementing Integrated Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: A Guide for PHNs (2018).

2017 LifeSpan Implementation Framework: Implementing Integrated Suicide Prevention

Both documents are intended as companions to the Centre for Evidence and Implementation and Black Dog Institutes’ 2017 LifeSpan Implementation Framework: Implementing Integrated Suicide Prevention.

Relevant Resources

Indigenous Governance Toolkit

The Australian Indigenous Governance Institute has developed the Indigenous Governance Toolkit. This toolkit is an online resource developed for Indigenous nations, communities, individuals and organisations searching for information to build their governance. It covers all the basics – your rules, values, culture, membership, leadership, and decision making – and has many examples of ideas that work from other groups, tools to help you get started, and useful guidance to sustain your efforts.

Culturally Responsive Aboriginal Healthcare Framework Guide 2018-2020

A Framework is designed to guide the implementation of culturally responsive Aboriginal Healthcare across the Hunter, New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network.

The Framework, developed by the Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN, supports a collaborative approach to improve the integration and coordination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary healthcare services. The Framework supports holistic approaches that consider the cultural and social determinants of health and is underpinned by core values, including self-determination, equity, respect, and empowerment.

International Exemplars

Global Indigenous Data Alliance – Promoting Indigenous Control of Indigenous Data