The Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse was established to enhance and improve access to the Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention evidence base. The Clearinghouse contributes to a series of actions supported by the Australian Government to improve mental health and suicide through the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
The Clearinghouse is managed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) through funding from the Department of Health.
The AIHW works closely with Indigenous stakeholders and experts through the Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse Steering Committee to develop content for the Clearinghouse. The Steering Committee is chaired by Professor Pat Dudgeon and has representation from researchers, service providers, advocates and government from the following organisations:
- Australian Government Department of Health
- Australian Health Services Research Institute
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
- Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention
- Edith Cowan University
- Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia
- James Cook University
- National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)
- National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
- School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia
- Suicide Prevention Australia
- Sydney Local Health District
- University of Canberra
- University of Melbourne
Information on the Clearinghouse will be regularly updated. Additional publications, data and research and evaluation material will be added as they become available.
The publications prepared by external authors represent the views of those authors.
The objectives of the Clearinghouse are to:
- Improve the evidence base of what works and does not work relating to Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention, including identifying gaps in the evidence
- Improve access to key information by pulling together the emerging research, evaluation, program and policy initiatives and the evidence from these initiatives
- Encourage collaboration between researchers and reduce the chance of duplication in research activity.
The main functions of the Clearinghouse are to:
- Identify and increase the accessibility of relevant research and evaluation efforts from government
- Prepare value-added resources that outline key issues relating to Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention and what government is doing to address these issues
- Advise on gaps in the available evidence, particularly research and evaluations
- Advise on priorities for future research and evaluation to fill identified gaps
- Bring together key experts to discuss these issues at public forums.
The main resources available on the Clearinghouse website include:
- Publications: These papers summarise the key evidence on specific topics related to Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention. Publications have been reviewed by the Steering Committee. To access Clearinghouse publications, see Publications
- The Research and evaluation register: The Register is a collection of recent research and evaluation projects related to Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention. To access the register, see Research and evaluation register
- Key statistics and data: Recent and trend data related to Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention, including data visualisations and downloadable excel files. To view Clearinghouse data, see Access data or any of the Topics pages.
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New website to improve evidence base on Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new website, the Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse.
Established in response to the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Clearinghouse is a repository of up-to-date information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention. The Clearinghouse was developed in consultation with experts in Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention, practitioners and policy makers.
‘As Indigenous adults experience higher rates of psychological distress and suicide than other Australians, it is vital to improve the evidence base on Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention. There is a need to employ realist evaluations and narrative synthesis in order to understand the complex relationship between evidence, effectiveness and policy,’ said AIHW spokesperson Dr. Fadwa Al-Yaman.
‘The evidence on programs and research through the Clearinghouse will support the development of culturally safe models of service delivery, including the use of cultural healing and trauma-informed care.’
At the core of the Clearinghouse are publications that brings together key research and evidence on topics relevant to Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention. Today’s release includes six publications, covering the themes of evidence, connection to family and kinship, the criminal justice system, the child protection system, nutrition, and the mental health workforce.
The website also contains information across a range of topics, including social and emotional wellbeing, mental health, suicide prevention, culture, country and spirituality, family and community, physical health, housing and homelessness, education and employment, and provision of services.
Today’s launch is supported by the Commonwealth Department of Health, and overseen by the Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse Steering Committee, Chaired by Bardi woman Professor Pat Dudgeon.
‘For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, good mental health is a holistic concept that includes physical, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing, for both the individual and their community. Our communities continue to experience high rates of suicide. The Clearinghouse will contribute to an evidence base to ensure information that is current, safe, and relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is accessible,’ said Professor Dudgeon.
The Clearinghouse will initially be updated on a six monthly basis, with quarterly updates to be considered as more content becomes available.
Critical to achieving the objectives of the Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse is advocating the use of the Mindframe guidelines when reporting on statistics on the monitoring of suicide and self-harm.
National Crisis Services:
Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
A full list of crisis support services is available on the AIHW’s website
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