AISRAP is the leading Australian centre for research, clinical practice, education and community action for suicide prevention, sought after for the quality of the advice and the outcomes it provides in linking research and practice.
To promote high quality research, clinical practice, and education for the prevention of suicidal behaviour in Australia.
Develop effective data surveillance systems for suicide and attempted suicide in Queensland.
- Maintain and extend the Queensland Suicide Register (over 13,000 cases) and add to it a register of suicide attempts.
- Continually enhance the quality and policy relevance of the registers held.
- Provide timely reports from the registers to guide action for suicide prevention.
Undertake primary research and systematic reviews on suicidal behaviour and disseminate the findings widely.
- Maintain a team of researchers and research assistants knowledgeable about suicidal behaviour and skilled in primary and secondary research in this domain.
- Secure research grant funding to promote high quality research on suicidal behaviour.
- Publish research findings in high quality journals and provide early advice of these through participation in scholarly conferences.
Evaluate best practice for interventions to reduce suicidal behaviour at the individual, community, and population levels.
- Conduct a specialist clinic for those demonstrating suicidal behaviour, staffed by qualified professionals, with a research and evaluation function.
- Act as a clearing house for the findings of national and international studies on useful and effective interventions for suicidal behaviour found to be useful and effective.
- Undertake evaluation studies of interventions in the Australian community.
Provide strategic and policy oriented advice to government, communities, organisations, and other interested parties.
- Advise government and non-government agencies on suicide and suicide prevention as requested.
- Offer a consulting service to organisations and groups working in suicide prevention.
- Act as a resource for the responsible dissemination of information about suicidal behaviour through the media.
Educate carers, health providers and policy makers on best practice in suicide research and prevention.
- Offer tertiary level programs in suicidology and suicide prevention to better prepare professionals working in this area.
- Develop, deliver, and evaluate training packages for suicide prevention for use by community groups and organisations.
- Undertake training of staff as required on a fee-for-service basis.
AISRAP provides services in research and evaluation, clinical service delivery, and training and education (RCT). Each arm of AISRAP is important in providing a comprehensive understanding of suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention.