Principles Underlying CBPATSISP

The work of the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) is underpinned by the principles in The National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being 2017-2023 and the NHMRC Ethical Conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities: Guidelines for Researchers and Stakeholders (2018)

The principles that underlie the Aboriginal and Torres Strait indicators of best practice are listed below:

  • Are concerned with reconnection and community life
  • Are concerned with restoration and community resilience
  • Are a means of empowering people to regain a sense of control and mastery over their lives
  • Have a focus on social and emotional wellbeing and mental health promotion, rather than solely focusing on mental illness and suicide
  • Have a focus on recovery and healing from stress and trauma
  • Reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander understandings of health, mental health and suicidal behaviours
  • Have strategies that are Indigenous-led, family focused, culturally responsive and context specific
  • Are concerned with self-determination and community governance
  • Include activities that use culturally responsive techniques and methods and processes
  • Use interdisciplinary approaches that provide outreach services
  • Value and enact partnerships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to facilitate ownership and involvement from local communities
  • Involve Indigenous people in all stages of consultation, negotiation and decision-making processes to establish community ownership of suicide prevention activities and other initiatives
  • Recognise and harness the broad range of skills and expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to improve health and wellbeing and reduce suicidal behaviours
  • Ensure that organisations and staff are culturally competent and that services are developed and delivered in a culturally safe and responsive manner

Our Guiding Principles

The guiding principles that inform the overall work of the CBPATSISP and specifically the CBPATSISP Evaluation Framework include the key principles of the LiFE Framework and the nine guiding principles from The National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being 2017-2023. The renewed Framework is endorsed by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and represents agreement among a wide range of stakeholders on the broad strategies needed to support the whole-of-life view of health held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

These principles take into account the cultural, social, spiritual, economic, historical and contemporary context of Indigenous communities in the delivery of health, mental health and social service. They require that program service delivery and practices are adapted to local cultural and community context to facilitate community engagement, ownership and thereby the likely uptake of prevention initiatives. These principles are:

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