Suicide Prevention Policy Concordance

This Concordance is aimed at Indigenous communities, mental health and health services, Primary Health Networks, policy-makers, researchers and advocates interested in Indigenous suicide prevention.

It aims to assist readers navigate the many policy documents that encompass Indigenous and mainstream suicide prevention and related areas at the Commonwealth, States and Territory and community levels. This includes Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and relevant mental health-related policy documents.

Contents
Introduction

How to use the Policy Concordance

This Concordance works by collating and organising extracts of relevant text from strategic directions and actions in these policy documents by themes and major subject matters. Against each extract, action numbers, page numbers are listed. In these ways, this Concordance aims to make cross-referencing across the number of documents that touch on Indigenous suicide prevention policy as easy as possible. In doing so, it highlights important shared elements in many policy documents, as well as responses that are Indigenous-specific and vary from mainstream responses.

While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this document, and currency of the documents therein (at October 2019) it should not be used as a substitute for the policy documents themselves.

We invite you to contribute to the Concordance with relevant and innovative strategy and practice examples.
Please send your contributions to cbp.clearinghouse@uwa.edu.au.

The formal relationships between key documents in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention space.

In addition to the synergies between various strategic documents (as illustrated by this concordance) there are additional formal relationships between them, as set out in the documents themselves. The most important at the national level are summarised as below.

(a) The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

  • Recognises the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing 2017–2023 as a guiding document in implementation (p.32).
  • Includes action to implement the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration (Action 12.3 p.34).
  • Is informed by the work of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (pp.24, 32)
  • Is informed by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy (pp.2, 24).

(b) The National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing 2017–2023

  • Outcome 3.3 – to implement the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy

(c) The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan Implementation Plan

  • Recognises the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing 2017–2023; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy; and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Drug Strategy 2014–2019 as guiding documents for implementation (p.8).
  • Includes the implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy as a deliverable by 2018 (Strategy 1C) (p.15).
Abbreviations and glossary
Abbreviation Description (links to resource where available)
ACCHSs Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
AOD Alcohol and Other Drug Services
ATSIMHSPS TOR Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Subcommittee. By action (iii) of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, this will report to MHPC and will work with the Suicide Prevention Subcommittee on the development of a nationally agreed approach to suicide prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, for inclusion in the National Suicide Prevention Implementation Strategy. Action 11 includes eight ‘Terms of Reference’ (TOR) for the body.
ATSISPEP CRP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project, Report of the Critical Response Pilot Project (PDF 2017)
ATSISPEP STW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project, Solutions That Work – What the Evidence and our People Tell Us (PDF 2017)
Balit Murrap Balit Murrap: Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing framework 2017 – 2027 (Vic)
Cultural Respect Framework Cultural Respect Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2016–2026 (PDF)
Drug Strategy National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Drug Strategy 2014–2019, a component of the National Drug Strategy 2017–2026.
E-mental Health strategy E-mental Health Strategy for Australia (PDF 2012)
Fifth Plan Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (PDF 2017) and its Implementation Plan (PDF 2017)
GDD Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (PDF)
IAS Indigenous Advancement Strategy
Korin Korin Balit-Djak Korin Korin Balit-Djak, the 2017–2027 mental health plan and suicide prevention framework  (Vic)
LGBTI Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people
LHD Local Hospital District, Local Hospital Network
Lifespan LifeSpan Integrated Suicide Prevention (Black Dog Institute). There are nine elements in the overall approach.
Living Well Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014–2024 (PDF)
MH&SEWB Fr National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing 2017–2023
MHPC Mental Health Principal Committee. This advises the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC). In turn, by action (i) of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, it will be advised by a Suicide Prevention Subcommittee that will develop a National Suicide Prevention Implementation Strategy.
Source: Action (i) and (ii) Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
MHS Mental health services
National Empowmt. Project National Empowerment Project (PDF 2015)
Nat Standards – MH Services National Practice Standards for Mental Health Services (PDF), with specific implementation guidelines (2013)
Nat Standards – MH Workforce National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (PDF 2013)
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy 2016 – 2023 (PDF)
National MH Workforce Strategy National Mental Health Workforce Strategy (PDF 2011)
NATSIHP/IP National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013- 2023 and its Implementation Plan
NATSISPS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy (2013)
NDIA National Disability Insurance Agency
NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme
New National SP Strategy National Suicide Prevention Implementation Strategy.
By action (ii) of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, a Suicide Prevention Subcommittee will develop a (new) National Suicide Prevention Implementation Strategy for COAG Health Council endorsement. Page 24 of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan lists 11 elements of the new National SP Strategy
Source: Action (ii) Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan
NSQHS Standards National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (PDF 2017), and User Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (PDF 2017)
NSW SP Plan Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-2023 (PDF)
NT RC Royal Commission and Board of Inquiry into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory – Findings and Recommendations (PDF 2017)
NT SP Plan Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework 2018-2023 (PDF) – implemented through a Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework Implementation Plan (NTSPSFIP) 2018–2023
PHN Primary Health Network
PHN Guidelines PHN Primary Mental Health Care Flexible Funding Pool Implementation Guidance – individual guidelines named (2016).
Qld Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander SEWB Action Plan Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing Action Plan 2016–18
Qld Connecting care to recovery (2016–21) The Queensland Government’s Suicide Prevention in Health Services Initiative, a part of Connecting care to recovery 2016–2021 (PDF)
Qld SP Plan Queensland Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2015–17 (PDF)
Recovery Fr A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services (PDF 2012)
Royal Commission CSA Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Final Report – Recommendations (PDF 2017)
SA SP Plan South Australian Suicide Prevention Plan 2017–2021
SEWB Social and emotional wellbeing
SP Suicide prevention
SP Workforce Development and Training Plan for Tasmania Suicide Prevention Workforce Development and Training Plan for Tasmania (2016–2020) (PDF)
Tas SP Plan Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy (2016–2020) (PDF)
Townsville SP Plan The Townsville Community Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2017–2020
Vic SP Plan Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework 2016–2025
WA SP 2020 WA Suicide Prevention 2020: Together We Can Save Lives (PDF 2015)
Youth SP Plan for Tasmania Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Tasmania (2016–2020) (PDF)