This research Project was initiated in response to the high number of suicides in the Kimberley, northern Western Australia over more than ten years, which sadly, has only worsened in the past 12 months.
Between 1999 and 2006, there were 96 Aboriginal suicide deaths in the Kimberley, an average of one suicide per month over that period. According to the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, between October 2010 and September 2011 there were 36 Aboriginal suicides in the Kimberley. As with other jurisdictions, death had been brought about almost exclusively by hanging.
In response, this Report recommends some very practical steps to develop an Aboriginal led Empowerment, Healing and Leadership program in the Kimberley region. It begins with a community readiness/preparation phase and continues all the way to nationally accredited training for local people who are prepared to lead change on a family and community level.