* the personal, social and financial costs of suicide in Australia;
* the accuracy of suicide reporting in Australia, factors that may impede accurate identification and recording of possible suicides, (and the consequences of any under-reporting on understanding risk factors and providing services to those at risk);
* the appropriate role and effectiveness of agencies, such as police, emergency departments, law enforcement and general health services in assisting people at risk of suicide;
* the effectiveness, to date, of public awareness programs and their relative success in providing information, encouraging help-seeking and enhancing public discussion of suicide;
* the efficacy of suicide prevention training and support for front-line health and community workers providing services to people at risk;
* the role of targeted programs and services that address the particular circumstances of high-risk groups;
* the adequacy of the current program of research into suicide and suicide prevention, and the manner in which findings are disseminated to practitioners and incorporated into government policy; and
* the effectiveness of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy in achieving its aims and objectives, and any barriers to its progress.
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Alternatively written submissions may be sent to:
Senate Community Affairs References Committee
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600
Submissions should be received by 20 November 2009.
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