Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) was proud to support colleagues to develop and deliver the ATSISPEP report. We support the recommendations set out in the report and, with our members, will continue to advocate for release of implementation funds as a matter of urgency.
Of the report's release, SPA CEO Sue Murray said, "I was honoured to be invited to participate in this project and am pleased to see the report released. There is much to learn from the work that was undertaken by the team and much to do in terms of implementing recommendations set out in the report. The report contains a range of tools such as an evaluation framework that everyone working in the suicide prevention space would benefit from putting into practice. Thank you to all involved in pulling this report together, particularly all of those who shared their lived experience of suicide to inform future prevention and interventions.
In the report's cover letter, the ATSISPEP Senior Management Team, including SPA Ambassador Professor Tom Calma, had this to say:
"We are pleased to present this Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) Final Report in accordance with the contractual agreement between the University of Western Australia and the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Report summarises the evidence-base for what works in Indigenous community-led suicide prevention, including responses to the social determinants of health that are ‘upstream’ risk factors for suicide. It also presents tools to support Indigenous suicide prevention activity developed by the project. Through these, we hope you agree that ATSISPEP has placed Indigenous suicide prevention activity on a firm foundation. The ATSISPEP Team believes that this Report should be considered by all Government agencies, particularly in relation to social and cultural determinants of health. The tools related to planning, assessment and evaluation should be considered by all parties involved in suicide prevention, including the Primary Health Networks, particularly in relation to the implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy.
In closing, the ATSISPEP team extends thanks and appreciation to you and your staff for support during development stages and throughout the project. The team also would like to acknowledge the support provided by the staff of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet."