The June 2010 report of the Inquiry into Suicide in Australia by the Senate Community Affairs References Committee The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia noted the high rates of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, differences in the pattern of suicidal behaviour and its disproportionate impact on families and communities. Recommendation 27 of the report recommended that:
"... the Commonwealth government develop a separate suicide prevention strategy for Indigenous communities within the National Suicide Prevention Strategy..." (SCARC, 2011).
The report also recommended that this strategy should:
- develop the capacity of communities and community organisations to provide local leadership and resources to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to take on the challenge of preventing suicide
- provide postvention support to families and communities bereaved through suicide
- be based on evidence and should provide professional support for effective practice and
- be supported by the resources of all levels of government and across the whole of government.