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Review of Australia’s funding commitments for suicide prevention from 2021–22 to 2026–27

Di Hu A B * , Charlotte Comben A B , Sandra Diminic A B and Claudia Pagliaro A B
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A School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.

B Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.

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Australian Health Review 48(1) 45-51
Submitted: 30 August 2023  Accepted: 27 November 2023  Published: 18 December 2023

© 2024 The Author(s) (or their employer(s)). Published by CSIRO Publishing on behalf of AHHA.



Examine the distribution of funding for suicide prevention in Australia from 2021–22 to 2026–27.


Government websites were reviewed to locate budget documents related to suicide prevention funding. Information was extracted on the program/service to be funded, and the funder entity, duration, and year allocation. Extracted data was reviewed to identify commonly targeted sub-populations.


The majority of suicide prevention-related funding was allocated to aftercare for persons who have attempted suicide, consistent with the effectiveness of these services, followed by programs targeting the general population. Little funding was allocated to other specific sub-populations, such as young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The amount of funding allocated to suicide prevention varied across jurisdictions, which is only partially explained by suicide rates.


There is a need for greater investment in care for specific sub-populations who are at higher risk of suicide. This study provides a baseline for comparing future investments in suicide prevention in Australia.

Keywords: health funding and financing, health policy, mental health, mental health services, policy review, population health, suicide, suicide prevention.


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