Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) has a lead role in developing regionally-appropriate suicide prevention activities to support the Federal Government’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy. This work also directly responds to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programs

Specifically, WVPHN is:

  • Helping plan community-based suicide prevention activities. This is an integrated and systems-based regional approach to preventing suicide in partnership with local hospital networks, the state government and other local service providers
  • Commissioning community-based suicide prevention activities that flexibly meet the needs of the community and better targets people at risk
  • Planning and commissioning community-based suicide prevention activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, in line with recommendations of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy
  • Leading joint commitments with the State Government and partner organisations to prevent suicide and ensure that people who have self-harmed or attempted suicide are given effective follow-up support through suicide prevention place-based trials in Ballarat and the Great South Coast.

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Contact WVPHN Program Lead, Suicide Prevention Samantha McIntosh

Last modified: 30 October, 2019