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Treating the cause of crime more effective than only addressing the crime itself

WA Imprisonment rates

With WA Corrective Services spending more than $900 million last financial year and 39 per cent of imprisoned offenders returning to jail within a two year period, Associate Professor Sarah Murray from UWA's Law School said new approaches were needed using local knowledge and bringing the community into the picture. Researchers from The University of Western Australia's Law School have been studying the feasibility model and propose a one stop shop that includes a court, crime prevention team and key support services in partnership with the local community Read more about Treating the cause of crime more effective than only addressing the crime itself

Noongar peoples 3 times the suicide rate of national Aboriginal & TSI suicide rate

After 230 years of our children being stolen, locked up and tortured and having their culture devalued, it’s little wonder that many don’t see any value in their own lives

The Noongar peoples of Western Australia as a distinct population group are the nation's most at risk population group to suicide. The suicide toll among Noongar people has tragically reached the highest number of suicides of any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander population group. Of Australian cities, Perth is recording the highest number of First Nations' suicides.
This year alone thus far Perth's Armadale to Midland corridor has recorded double the number of suicides than the whole of the Kimberley region's suicides. Read more about Noongar peoples 3 times the suicide rate of national Aboriginal & TSI suicide rate

Number of doctors in First Nations communities in WA expected to be reduced from 56 to 19

Doctors reduced dramatically in the Kimberley

The number of doctors working in Western Australia's First Nations Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) will be reduced from 56 to 19 under a policy proposed by the Federal Government, according to the Aboriginal Health Council of WA.

"We currently have 56 doctors working in our sector. With this decision that will severely reduce that back to 19 doctors," the council's chairwoman Michelle Nelson-Cox told ABC Kimberley. Read more about Number of doctors in First Nations communities in WA expected to be reduced from 56 to 19

First Nations suicide is not just an issue, it's a 'humanitarian crisis'

Of all middle and high income nations with a recent colonial oppressor history, Australia has the widest divide of its measurable indicators between first peoples and the rest of the nation. ATSISPEP is assessing the effectiveness of existing suicide prevention services and programs. In the last year we've buried an 11-year-old, a 12-year-old, a 13-year-old, a 14-year-old, a 16-year-old, a 17-year-old. The Northern Territory and Western Australia have some of the highest median wages in the world but also some of the highest rates of poverty. Read more about First Nations suicide is not just an issue, it's a 'humanitarian crisis'

Youth suicide at crisis levels among Indigenous population, experts warn

Jordan Chapman

Teenager Jordan Chapman can name half a dozen young people in his circle of friends who have taken their own lives. "On Facebook one night she (a friend) just inboxed me, seeing how was I going but I didn't have enough time to reply and I just logged out because I was going to sleep," he said. "I found out the next morning she committed suicide." Asked how someone of his age deals with that kind of loss, 17-year-old Jordan responded quietly: "I don't know. Just play football, go to school, keep my mind off it, don't really think about it." Read more about Youth suicide at crisis levels among Indigenous population, experts warn

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