Over the past decade, mental health issues have been identified as a priority by a wide range of organisations and initiatives. Of high importance is building resilience among children and young people by strengthening families and communities. Several national mental health plans also identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians as a priority population group in regard to their state of health and welfare and therefore focus on the development of a health framework to improve the social, emotional, cultural and spiritual health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. There is also growing concern from empirical evidence showing a rise in the incidence of suicide among the Indigenous population, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adolescents. NHMRC is providing up to $5 million for a Mental Health Targeted Call for research into preventing suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
Aims and Objectives
This TCR provides support for research with a primary focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (NHMRC’s Priority Research Area of Indigenous Health). The research supported under this TCR must be conducted in partnership with Indigenous communities and researchers. The objectives of the research include, but are not limited to, the following:
- To develop and test interventions that safely and effectively increase awareness among Indigenous communities of youth suicide, and its risk factors;
- To understand trajectories into suicidal behaviours, including the role of specific traumas, hopelessness, collective troubles, substance use and other precipitants, in Indigenous young people;
- To develop and test clinical and community-based interventions to modify trajectories into suicidal behaviours in Indigenous young people;
- To identify and characterise modifiable contextual factors (social, cultural and environmental) that influence the risk of suicide in Indigenous young people;
- To develop and test community-based interventions to address contextual factors (social, cultural and environmental) that influence the risk of suicide in Indigenous young people;
- To test the effectiveness of alternative methods or settings to deliver clinical and community-based interventions to address suicide in Indigenous young people (e.g. telehealth, and/or web-based media).
The research must involve human participants. This TCR does not support research projects that are only (solely) laboratory based research, including animal-based research or research based on animal models.
Apply for Funding
The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/enter your CV and Profile, or submit an Application.
Applicants who are not yet registered on RGMS, should contact the Research Help Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A complete Application must consist of the following:
- Completion of Parts A and B of the application form
- The relevant information in your RGMS Profile and CV
- The uploaded PDF Document containing your Detailed Background and Research Plan, including Track Records for each Chief Investigator, and if relevant, Career Disruption details.
Prior to submission of an application for research funding, applicants are to ensure they:
- read all relevant reference material; and
- liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution may have.
The key dates for this Targeted Call for Research are as follows:
- 26 June 2013 – Applications Open
- 23 October 2013 at 5pm AEDT – Applications Close
Documentation to apply for this Targeted Call for Research
- Funding Rules
- Advice and Instructions to applicants
- Criteria for Health and Medical Research of Indigenous Australians Indigenous Health research applicants are required to address the Criteria for Health and Medical Research of Indigenous Australians
- Mental Health Targeted call for Research Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Peer Review Guidelines
If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance.
If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution:
Contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email email@example.com.