Thank you to the practices that have expressed interest in participating in this program.
We have now reached capacity.
If you would like to be put on a wait list, please email the name of your practice and your contact details to suicideprevention@murrayphn.org.au

General practices are invited to apply for a new suicide prevention quality improvement program delivered in partnership with Black Dog Institute, with practices that complete the program eligible to receive a financial incentive of $10,000 (ex-GST).

Murray PHN is collaborating with Black Dog Institute to provide a holistic approach to suicide prevention through capacity building and quality improvement across general practice clinics.

The program aims to build the confidence of GPs and clinic staff to identify and support patients experiencing suicidal thoughts by providing Black Dog Institute’s evidenced-based capacity building training alongside a six-month Quality Improvement PDSA (Plan Do Study Act) initiative.

The Black Dog Institute’s Lifespan framework identifies that equipping primary care to identify and support people in distress is an effective pillar in reducing suicide deaths and attempts. Many people who die by suicide have had contact with the health system in their last year of life. Research indicates that up to 45 per cent of individuals who died by suicide saw their GP within one month prior to death, and up to 20 per cent within one week before death [i], making general practice an important area of focus in suicide prevention.

Program activities

At the conclusion of the project, Murray PHN will develop a resource to showcase PDSA activities and share learnings across primary health and general practices in the region.

Frequently asked questions

References

[i] Pfaff, J. J., Acres, J. G., & McKelvey, R. S. (2001). Training general practitioners to recognise and respond to psychological distress and suicidal ideation in young people. Medical Journal of Australia, 174, 222-226.

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