Tag: Aboriginal Child suicides

13 Young Indigenous People Killed Themselves In The Kimberley And A Coroner Found Intergenerational Trauma Was To Blame

West Australian Coroner Ros Fogliani

The Abbott government cut 117 mill from the Indigenous affairs budget. The NT conservative government redirected fund out and away from The budget allocated for Aboriginal affairs. The media run aggreesive campaigns claiming the dysfunction in Aboriginal communities is of their own making. Andrew Bolt insists Aboriginal Culture is to blame. Completely counter to the findings here (ODT)

In four of the cases, the person who killed themselves had done so not long after a relative had also killed themselves.

Fogliani said that trauma, grief and premature death are experienced at “disturbingly high rates” in Aboriginal communities, and there was a growing preparedness in government and the community to accept that “colonisation had severe and deleterious impacts upon this ancient and traditional culture”.

The coroner handed down 42 recommendations relating to alcohol restrictions for the Kimberley; programs for diagnosing, treating and educating on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder; better mental health and suicide prevention programs and facilites; and ensuring that the Indigenous population is consulted in the development of programs, and brought in to help enact them.

She made those recommendations due to a consistent theme of the inquest that Indigenous people often felt that these decisions were made for them, rather than with them.

Fogliani also said that better mental health services and suicide prevention strategies could have saved the 13.

“The deaths of the 13 children and young persons the subject of this Inquest were all preventable.”

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