The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia

The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia

24 June 2010

© Commonwealth of Australia 2010
ISBN 978-1-74229-209-0

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MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 28KB)
 
ABBREVIATIONS (PDF 9KB)
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (PDF 15KB)
 
RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 30KB)
 
CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION (PDF 23KB)

Terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Acknowledgements
Appropriate language
Suicide and euthanasia
Structure of the report
Background to suicide and suicide prevention

 
CHAPTER 2 - COSTS OF SUICIDE (PDF 34KB)

Introduction
Personal costs
Social costs
Financial costs
Conclusion

 
CHAPTER 3 - SUICIDE REPORTING & STATISTICS (PDF 305KB)

Introduction
Data on suicide and trends
The collection of suicide data in Australia
Impediments to accurate suicide reporting
Consequences of underreporting
Scope of reporting
Conclusion

 
CHAPTER 4 - ROLES AND TRAINING (PDF 103KB)

Introduction
Suicide prevention roles
Discharge and follow up support
Stepped care and accommodation services
Coordination of care
Patient information and privacy
Pharmacological issues
Suicide awareness and assistance training
Conclusion

 
CHAPTER 5 - PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS (PDF 90KB)

Introduction
Awareness in the community
Stigma
Public discussion of suicide
Suicide awareness programs
Media guidelines and reporting
A National Suicide Awareness Campaign
Targeted awareness-raising programs
Issues for consideration
Conclusion

 
CHAPTER 6 - TARGETED PROGRAMS AND UNIVERSAL INTERVENTIONS (PDF 149KB)

Introduction
Universal, selective and indicated interventions
Universal interventions
Access to means and suicide hotspots
Alcohol and drugs
Targeted programs
Men
Indigenous communities
Children and Young People
People who attempt suicide or self harm
People with mental illness
Rural and remote areas
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people
People bereaved by suicide
Culturally and linguistically diverse people (CALD)
Prisoners
The elderly
Other groups
Conclusion

 
CHAPTER 7 - SUICIDE RESEARCH (PDF 61KB)

Introduction
NSPS suicide research
A focus on the evaluation of interventions
Disseminating research
Gaps in research
Funding
Conclusion

 
CHAPTER 8 - THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY (PDF 86KB)

Introduction
Suicide prevention in Australia
Coordination and collaboration.
Governance and accountability
Funding issues
Conclusion

 
CHAPTER 9 - CONCLUSION (PDF 11KB)
 
APPENDIX 1 - LIST OF PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS, TABLED DOCUMENTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AUTHORISED FOR PUBLICATION BY THE COMMITTEE (PDF 44KB)

Tabled Information
Additional Information Received

 
APPENDIX 2 - WITNESSES WHO APPEARED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE AT PUBLIC HEARINGS (PDF 24KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
Email: community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au

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