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The Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention is concerned with lowering suicide rates in Australia and brings together key researchers to work towards this aim.

Suicide is the most common cause of death in Australians aged 15-44 years – more common than deaths from motor vehicle accidents or skin cancer and the tenth most common cause of death overall for Australian males. Research indicates that a large fraction of suicides can be prevented by early intervention, however, most people who suicide have had no contact with any health or social organisation that can assist them. Despite investment in suicide prevention activities and interventions in Australia, evidence suggests these were largely ineffective.  

Funded in 2012 by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, our Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) aims to bring together leading experts in Australia and New Zealand to undertake the necessary research to effect rapid advances in suicide prevention . The team consists of six National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research fellows, all international experts in these fields, established suicide researchers in Australia and New Zealand, and international suicide prevention experts from Europe, Asia and USA. This CRE unites research efforts in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Dunedin and Auckland. Organisations that deliver suicide prevention services such as crisis support services, helplines, online services, general practice, schools and health promotion and advocacy organisations will also be involved.  

 

Key Goals

CRESP aims to generate new research to increase the knowledge base regarding effective prevention and treatment in suicide prevention. These aims will be achieved via four research streams focusing on better delivery of interventions,  better knowledge of causes and risks, improved help-seeking and improved prioritising of suicide funds.  Within these streams are four aims; to mount new studies where required, to harmonise available datasets and outcomes from research trials, to add suicide outcomes and predictors to already established longitudinal research studies, and create e-health platforms to deliver online applications or provide access to datasets.

Other key goals include the development of new researchers in suicide prevention, increased collaboration facilitated through development of shared data-sets, and dissemination and translation of research findings into evidence-based practise, to be facilitated by a 'hubs and spokes' model, as shown in the figure below.

 

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