15 Oct 2019 | Suicide Mortality Review Committee
The Health Quality & Safety Commission congratulates staff member Dr Clive Aspin (Ngāti Maru), who has been awarded an inaugural Churchill Fellowship for 2020. The awards are sponsored jointly by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for indigenous public servants in Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Aspin is senior specialist advisor to the Suicide Mortality Review Committee at the Commission. The Churchill Fellowship will enable him to travel to Canada in August/September 2020 to investigate suicide prevention initiatives among indigenous peoples in Canada – First Nations, Inuit, Métis (FNIS). He will meet with community members, leaders and experts in indigenous suicide prevention.
Commission chief executive Dr Janice Wilson says the Churchill Fellowship will provide significant benefits to Clive personally, to the Suicide Mortality Review Committee and to suicide prevention programmes more broadly.
'Clive is a worthy recipient of the inaugural award and I know he will find the time he spends in Canada extremely valuable. During his career as a Māori public health researcher, Clive has developed strong networks with colleagues in Canada. The Churchill Fellowship will provide opportunities to learn lessons from the Canadian experience, and bring them back to Aotearoa New Zealand to inform national suicide prevention strategies.
'I know Clive is committed to addressing suicide mortality disparities and I am very pleased he has chosen to focus on indigenous prevention strategies.'
Dr Aspin says the lessons learned in Canada will add to the body of knowledge about indigenous suicide and will be highly relevant to suicide prevention in New Zealand, especially among Māori.
The annual Churchill Fellowship is part of ANZSOG’s work to build indigenous leadership in public services. It allows people to design their own research projects and further their knowledge in a chosen field, before making their knowledge available in their own country.