New funding for innovation in suicide prevention

24 September 2018

Australian researchers are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to apply for up to $100,000 each in Australian Government funding to develop new knowledge and approaches to suicide prevention.

Part of the Government’s $12 million Suicide Prevention Research Fund (SPRF) administered by Suicide Prevention Australia, the Innovation Grants aim to invest up to $300,000 in total in new Australian research over one to two years.

“We’re looking for Australian researchers with bold ideas about how we can better protect people from suicide, and intervene to prevent suicide,” said Suicide Prevention Australia CEO, Nieves Murray.

“Suicide is a prominent public health concern. Studies indicates that eight Australians die by suicide each day and 65,000 attempt to take their own lives each year.

“Despite our best efforts, the incidence of suicide in Australia has remained largely unchanged for over 30 years. Investing in the development of new knowledge and approaches will help us to achieve a meaningful reduction in Australian suicide rates.”

Ms Murray said that in addition to supporting innovative research funded by the SPRF, the suicide prevention sector is working collaboratively with people with lived experience of suicide, governments, the mental health and health care sectors, and universities to develop and implement innovative programs and services.

“The sector is ahead of the curve in this regard,” she said. “We’re co-designing and implementing new suicide prevention initiatives, like LifeSpan and working more closely than ever with Australian communities to empower everyone to help save a life.

“New approaches to suicide prevention research will help us progress even further, opening up more ways to work together to achieve our shared vision of a world without suicide.”

SPRF Innovation Grant EOI applications are open to Australian researchers until Wednesday 31 October. Click here for more information and to apply.

To get help 24/7, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

Media enquiries: Frances Wood 0404 184 175 media@suicidepreventionaust.org

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