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Commonwealth response to The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia Report of the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee

Posted on: 24 January, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 1, January 2011 – March 2011
Related to Injury Social and emotional wellbeing

Commonwealth of Australia (2010)
Commonwealth response to The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia Report of the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee
Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

This report details the Commonwealth’s response to the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee’s report: The hidden toll: suicide in Australia which proposed 42 recommendations to reduce and prevent suicide and enhance support to those at risk of suicide. The report by the Commonwealth notes the intended actions and accomplishments of the Australian Government in relation to each recommendation. Indigenous Australians, along with other groups at high risk of suicide, form a particular focus of the report and subsequently there is mention of the Government’s intention to develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy to address the higher rate of suicide in the Indigenous population compared with the non-Indigenous population. Assisting the Government in achieving its reported intentions is the Mental health: taking action to tackle suicide package which will see $274 million committed to the implementation of universal and targeted suicide interventions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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