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Successes in improving the health of Aboriginal people, to be showcased over the next three days at an Aboriginal health summit in Melbourne, will highlight the importance of ongoing investment in Aboriginal Community ...
Elders say government funding needed to help them bring troubled youth back into arms of community
The loss of cultural identity is a major factor in explaining the high rate of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the government should focus on a more “community-centred approach” involving local elders to address the “crisis proportions” of Indigenous suicides, says a new report.
The report features interviews with 30 elders throughout Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland and documents their solutions to prevent self-harm, particularly among younger Indigenous Australians, as part of the Culture is Life campaign.
The federal Department of Health says Indigenous men aged 25-29 are four times more likely to take their lives than non-Indigenous men, with a rate of 90.8 deaths per 100,000. Indigenous women aged 20-24 are five times more likely to take their lives than non-Indigenous women, with a rate of 21.8 deaths per 100,000.
Overall the rate of suicide among Indigenous Australians is twice that of non-Indigenous Australians.
In an introduction to the report, Professor Pat Dudgeon, co-chair of the Aboriginal mental health and suicide prevention advisory group, said there was “no single, clear diagnosis” for the high rates of suicide in young Indigenous Australians, but said the report made clear that stronger connections to culture were vital to reducing them.
“For Indigenous people, cultural identity is the foundation of who we are. Despite years of assimilationist policy and the loss of so many of our customs and languages, Aboriginal people have demonstrated extraordinary cultural resilience,” Dudgeon writes.
“Our elders have been fundamental in this process. They are our wisdom-keepers. They have seen the changes so dramatically incurred in their lifetime. They are the vital bridge between the modern world and Aboriginal culture.”
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