Background

As a part of its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Services and Programs (2015), Western Victorian Primary Health Network (Western Victoria PHN) is taking a lead role in developing regionally appropriate suicide prevention activities that support the Australian Government’s renewed approach to suicide prevention identified in the National Suicide Prevention Strategy by:

  1. Helping to plan community-based suicide prevention activity through a more integrated and systems-based regional approach to suicide prevention in partnership with Local Hospital Networks, states and territories and other local service providers
  2. Commissioning community-based suicide prevention activities that flexibly meet the needs of the community and better targets people at risk
  3. Planning and commissioning community-based suicide prevention activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, taking into account the recommendations of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy
  4. Leading joint commitments with State Government and partner organisations (Suicide Prevention Place Based Trials in Ballarat and the Great South Coast) to prevent suicide and ensure that people who have self-harmed or attempted suicide are given effective follow-up support.

Suicide Prevention in Victoria

Further information regarding the State Government’s response to Suicide Prevention in Victoria can be found here.

For further information on suicide prevention activities contact:

Liz Leorke
Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Mental Health Lead
03 5222 0830