In 2008, AISRAP was appointed the National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention (NCESP), funded by the Commonwealth Government through the then Department of Health and Ageing (now Department of Health)'s National Suicide Prevention Program. The Centre played a key role in the Australian Government’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy by providing advice around evidence based best practice, bi-annual reviews of recent advances and promising developments, evaluations of suicide prevention activities, and analyses of the credibility and implications of national and international data on suicide. With the advent of the Primary Health Networks, AISRAP’s funding as a National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention ceased in March 2017. AISRAP is the only World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention in Australia.
National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention
Suicide and community-dwelling older Australians
Aim: to provide an holistic analysis of suicide and suicide prevention in community-dwelling older Australians.
Part 1: Contextual analysis of the suicide rates in older people (65+) in Australia
Suicide rates in the older population in Australia (SDD level) will be examined in relation to the variety of contextual factors related to the physical and social environments.
Part 2: Individual level factors related to suicides in older adults
Analyse individual level factors of suicides in older adults. Analysis will focus on suicides by older people aged 65+ years and compare those cases with the sudden death controls and suicides by middle aged and older adults (35-64 years). Quantitative analyses will be illustrated with selected case studies.
Part 3: Analysis of current suicide prevention initiatives targeting older people living in the community
An overview of currently existing suicide prevention activities targeting older people living in the Australian community will be presented. Potential gaps will be identified and further recommendations will be provided.
Suicidal behaviours and chronic diseases
Based on the National Public Health Partnership’s paper
Additional from the Australian Health Survey
Best practice models for delivering suicide prevention
The aim of the research project was to fill the current knowledge gap in in best practice in suicide prevention, by providing an overview of how various levels of interventions might be most effectively integrated and tailored into models to meet individual community needs. The research was conducted through a comprehensive literature review across peer-reviewed journal papers and books, grey literature, government reports, and other relevant documents. The key conceptual models of suicide prevention were described, including the levels that comprise them and the rationale for their application. International examples were provided of how interventions and strategies have been successfully implemented in specific contexts. Common elements of international suicide prevention strategies were identified, as well as challenges to effective implementation.
Using the public health model as a framework, the report outlined the fundamental activities to suicide prevention, ways to build partnerships between communities and government, how to minimise overlap between interventions and programs, and summarised the key activities for developing a best practice overarching suicide prevention strategy. The literature reviewed provided a synthesis of existing research evidence, policy and practice on best practice models of suicide prevention.<>/p>
Final report: Ross V & De Leo D (2015) Best Practice Models for Delivering Suicide Prevention. Report to DoH. Australian Institute for Suicide research and Prevention.
International Suicide Rates: Recent Trends and Implications for Australia