Australia’s First National Suicide Prevention Adviser Welcomed by Black Dog Institute
Published: 10 July, 2019
For the first time, Australia will have a dedicated adviser on suicide prevention working alongside the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Black Dog Institute welcomes the announcement that Christine Morgan has been appointed the role of National Suicide Prevention Adviser to the Prime Minister.
Scientia Professor and Director of the Black Dog Institute, Helen Christensen, said that this appointment really indicates the commitment of the Federal Government to make real changes in this area. We all know that preventing suicide is a critical priority.
“Black Dog Institute is very pleased with the appointment of Christine Morgan in this new and important position. We have worked closely with Ms Morgan in her role as CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, and we look forward to continuing that really positive relationship into the future”, Professor Christensen said.
“The creation of this advisory role is a welcome commitment by the Federal Government and the Prime Minister to acknowledge the need for national strategic leadership in suicide prevention.
“We know that we all need to work together to create the best approach – and we know enough to say that this approach must involve public health measures, attention to the social determinants of health, early prevention in schools, as well as targeted, kind, responsive and effective treatment and crisis services ”.
What is the newly created Suicide Prevention Adviser going to do?
Professor Christensen also said that the role of National Suicide Prevention Adviser will be able to coordinate all the policies and services currently in operation, as well as consult with experts and those working in the field.
“This is so important because we know that policies around Government unemployment and disability will be critical in attenuating the trigger conditions for those at risk”, she said.
As a National Health and Medical Research Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention, Black Dog Institute looks forward to working closely with the new National Suicide Prevention Adviser, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and with colleagues and the public across Australia.
For more information on suicide prevention research at Black Dog Institute, please visit:
- LifeSpan: An evidence-based, world-class approach to suicide prevention currently being trialled in select sites in NSW, Australia.
- iBobbly: The world’s first suicide prevention app designed for young Indigenous Australians that delivers therapy in a culturally relevant way.
- CRESP: The Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) is concerned with lowering suicide rates in Australia and brings together key researchers to work towards this aim.
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