PM’s advisor Christine Morgan on tackling Australia’s rising suicide rates.
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On this episode, the PM's national suicide prevention advisor speaks with Michelle Grattan on what we know so far about suicide rates, and what needs more clarity.
Policies aimed at reducing youth suicide will fail if they don't acknowledge the cumulative effects of history, associated intergenerational trauma and ongoing violence towards Indigenous Australians.
Poverty and social exclusion play a big role in Indigenous child suicide. The causes are complex but we know enough to act now to reduce the number of deaths in our communities.
The trial of the cashless welfare card, to control unhealthy spending in Indigenous communities, is being expanded partly due to emotive well-funded campaigns. Meanwhile, evidence is being ignored.
A new report recognises that no two Indigenous suicides are identical, then skilfully identifies common themes for informing responses that have the potential to save lives.
Results of a new audit tell a tale that is, sadly, all-too-familiar across the Top End of Australia.