The Minister paid a visit to the Institute at the university’s Mt Gravatt campus Â andÂ wasÂ greeted by AISRAPâ€™s director Professor Diego de Leo and Emeritus
Professor John O’Gorman.Minister Butler praised AISRAP’s work as the National Centre of Excellence inÂ Suicide Prevention and also its activities as a World Health OrganisationÂ Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention.
The latter marks AISRAP as an international ambassador of Australian qualityÂ research and education.
The importance of the WHO study for low and middle-income countries and theÂ issue of quality in mortality data registration were also topics of the meeting.
Benefits of high quality research
Another important theme discussed was the clinical care of suicidal individualsÂ and how this benefits from high-quality research, such as that provided byÂ AISRAP.
Minister Butler said the Instituteâ€™s work provides valuable evidence to guideÂ government spending aimed at national counselling services for those identified atÂ risk of suicide.
“The ramping up of these services goes a long way to improving theÂ understanding we have of risk and prevention around suicide. And equally, theÂ research community is vital to forging ahead and lifting these services,â€ he said.