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Royal Commission welcomes AIHW Report into Defence and Veteran Suicide

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide welcomes the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report on the incidence of suicide among current and former ADF personnel.

The Commission Chair, Nick Kaldas, said the findings reaffirm the need for the Royal Commission and will inform its investigation.

"These harrowing statistics reinforce the Commission's commitment to reducing the risk of deaths by suicide in the Australian Defence and veteran community.

"Reports such as this from the AIHW help build a more complete picture of Defence and veteran suicide and are critical as we prepare for public hearings," Commissioner Kaldas said.

The Commission will examine systemic issues and common themes among Defence and veteran deaths by suicide, or attempted suicide, feelings of suicide and poor mental health.

"We are listening," Commissioner Kaldas said; "We're encouraging anyone who has experienced the tragedy of veteran suicide to share their experiences."

There are a range of ways people can reach out to the Royal Commission to have their say. Importantly, you can do so confidentially, if that is your preference.

"Your story can help others," said Commissioner Kaldas; "We know that coming forward is a big step. With your help, we can make changes to prevent the loss of veterans to suicide.

The Commission also notes the report of the Interim National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention, Dr Bernadette Boss.

Commissioner Kaldas thanked Dr Boss for her commitment to reducing the risk of deaths by suicide in the Australian Defence and veteran community.

"Dr Boss' report reflects important groundwork that will inform the Royal Commission's inquiry; there is much more work to be done over the life of the Commission," Commissioner Kaldas said.

For more information, visit the Royal Commission website