First Nations suicide prevention team

Tegan Schefe

Project Officer, Indigenous Engagement and Suicide Prevention

Tegan is a Bidjara woman from Charleville whose engagement with community has driven the Thompson Institute’s delivery of a co-designed suicide prevention program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – the first program of its kind for the Sunshine Coast.

As Indigenous Engagement Officer, Tegan leads community engagement in the Institute’s suicide prevention research and evidence-based community program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Tegan is passionate about the importance of evidence-based research being translated back into community, while ensuring best practice protocols are used to build better community capacity for individuals, families and communities. Tegan advocates for finding effective and sustainable suicide prevention strategies, through close consultation with the community they aim to benefit.

Tegan has a background as an Aboriginal health worker and has extensive experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and project development and management.

Sade Beezley

Project Support Officer, Indigenous Engagement and Suicide Prevention

Sade supports the co-designed approach to suicide prevention programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the Sunshine Coast.

Sade is a proud Gubbi Gubbi descendant, with strong community connections to the Sunshine Coast and Gympie region.

She is passionate about community-based initiatives and cultivates culturally appropriate programs that improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ mental health and wellbeing.

Sade has extensive experience in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, medical administration and project management.

The Alliance – First Nations Advisory Group

To support the implementation of the First Nations Suicide Prevention Strategy and to ensure our research directly benefits and meets the needs of the local community, the Alliance – First Nations Advisory Group was formed.

The First Nations Advisory Group – who are Traditional Owners of the lands, Elders, people with lived experience of suicide, and community controlled organisations – provide a high level of input to the First Nations research protocols to reduce suicide and improve well-being among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Sunshine Coast and Gympie