The Final Consultation of the Draft National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy

What has happened to date?

GDPSA has been tasked by the Commonwealth Government to renew the 2013 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy (NATSISPS) in consultation with stakeholders and community members.

GDPSA developed a Discussion Paper which highlighted key elements of the NATSISPS for renewal and potential opportunities for long-term policy reform. The Discussion Paper identified a range of questions relating to the way in which the NATSISPS could be updated.

As a first round of wider consultation, GDPSA invited submissions against the questions in the Discussion Paper, or in relation to any other element of NATSISPS renewal. The submissions for this consultation closed on 31 October 2020.

Additionally, GDPSA hosted 13 roundtables with around 150 stakeholders and community members between September 2020 and January 2021, to seek input and feedback on the questions raised through the Discussion Paper and the proposed renewed NATSISPS.

The roundtable participants were provided with accompanying background papers relevant to their workshop topic and an output report was produced after each roundtable summarising the key themes from the discussions. The roundtable categories were as follows:

  • Children
  • Youth
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Sistergirl and Brotherboy (LGBTIQ+SB)
  • Women
  • Men
  • Stolen Generations
  • Lived Experience
  • Integrated Elements
  • Service and Partnerships
  • Workforce
  • National Governance
  • Regional Governance
  • State and Territory

Independent research was conducted on all consultation processes to date, and it is expected the final consultation will also undertake a similar process.

We welcome your inputs on the final consultation of the draft NATSISPS.

In addition, we have kept the original information to provide background for the entire process.

Governance Commitee

The Suicide Prevention Strategy Renewal Governance Committee consist of the following members:

  • Rob McPhee (Chair)
  • Wayne Oldfield
  • Dr Mark Wenitong
  • Prof Patricia Dudgeon
  • Prof Gracelyn Smallwood
  • Dr Marshall Watson
  • Leilani Darwin
  • Tom Brideson