Sumary of Training program to build suicide intervention skills in Indigenous Australians is saving lives:
- A training program to build Indigenous Australians’ skills in preventing suicides has brought national acclaim for a University of Queensland researcher.
- Associate Professor Maree Toombs said the I-ASIST program was developed in partnership with LivingWorks Australia over four years of consultation and collaboration.
- Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, Governor-General David Hurley presented Dr Toombs with Suicide Prevention Australia’s LIFE Impact Award.
- Dr Toombs, a Euralie and Kooma woman, is the UQ Faculty of Medicine’s Associate Dean of Indigenous Engagement.
- “I-ASIST trains friends, family and outreach services to identify people early who are at risk of suicide, and to use their skills to address the situation immediately,” she said.
- “It provides employment for Indigenous trainers, either through organisations or as sole traders, to deliver suicide first-aid skills to their local communities.
- “I thank community members, my UQ team and LivingWorks Australia for their heartfelt input into creating this evidence-based program.
- “I’m proud that I-ASIST contributes to fulfilling key recommendations for building capacity in our Indigenous communities, as outlined in the recent Productivity Commission Report, the Final Advice to the Prime Minister by Suicide Prevention Advisor Christine Morgan, and the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health Report.