New website to improve evidence base on Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention


AIHW, 14 Jul 2021

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has today 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.’

By J Pope

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