On 1 June 2012 the Department of Health and Ageing appointed the Menzies School of Health Research to conduct a national consultation process to inform the development of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Menzies worked in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) to conduct a series of community forums at selected locations in all states and territories. Summaries of discussions held in these forums are now available online.

Following the community consultations, a national workshop was held in Canberra in October where experts and key stakeholders discussed and provided feedback on a preliminary draft of the Strategy.

On 23 May 2013 The Hon Mark Butler MP, The Hon Warren Snowdon MP and The Hon Melissa Parke MP launched the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy and announced it would be supported with $17.8 million in funding over four years.

Further information on the consultation process and issues around suicide prevention are still available online.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this process and for making a contribution to this important issue.


The consultations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention are conducted by the Menzies School of Health Research and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.