Trauma be­hind loss

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Progress made in the Kim­ber­ley’s Abo­rig­i­nal Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Trial was shared at the Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Con­fer­ence last week, which drew lead­ers from across the coun­try to dis­cuss tack­ling high sui­cide rates in Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties.

In 2017, 165 Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait is­lan­der peo­ple died by sui­cide, with a stan­dard­ised death rate of 25.5 per 100,000, con­sid­er­ably higher than the non-indige­nous rate of 12.7 per 100,000. Kim­ber­ley Abo­rig­i­nal Med­i­cal Ser­vices deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Rob McPhee said a key is­sue iden­ti­fied was deeply rooted in a trau­matic past of colo­nial­ism.

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