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16 March 2017, Hobart: Suicide Prevention Australia today hosts an opportunity for the community sector and members of the public who have been personally impacted by suicide to contribute to the 2025 Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention.
Suicide is a complex social problem however too often it is simplified to being the result of mental illness. We must address the complexity of suicide as a serious public health issue and invest in a national plan that stays true to regional delivery and person-centred care coupled with national leadership and accountability. This national plan must be mandated by a National Suicide Prevention Act and success measured by a National Office for Suicide Prevention.
Suicide Prevention Australia CEO Sue Murray said of the State-based consultation, “We have seen unprecedented political support for suicide prevention in recent months, most notably consultation on the Fifth National Mental Health Plan. We want to ensure community sector voices across the country are heard when it comes to implementation of reforms.”
Head of Policy and Member Engagement, Stephen Holland, said of the work being undertaken, “This is too important to be a piece of paper that gets signed off and filed away in the halls of Government. We want to see the work done by SPA members and colleagues reflected in a national action plan that is sustainably funded. Thousands of lives depend on their voices being heard.”
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Overview of the consultation process
In February 2017, a National Coalition for Suicide Prevention workshop, convened by Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA), initiated discussion on a 2025 framework for suicide prevention. This builds on the Government commitment in the Fifth National Mental Health Plan Consultation Draft 2016, “developing a whole-of-government national suicide prevention plan’’. Read the SPA submission re feedback on the Fifth Plan.
The discussion at the workshop outlined a proposed strategic framework to lead to a reduction in the national suicide rate in Australia. SPA is now developing this further through a series of statewide community sector consultations over the next three months. Consultation will involve the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention, SPA organisational and associate members, leading associations in mental health and suicide prevention, SPA’s national Lived Experience Network, the Federal Department of Health, Primary Health Networks, and leading researchers in the field.
We will also be sending out an online survey in April 2017 as part of the consultation process.
About Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA)
SPA provides national leadership for the suicide prevention sector in Australia. SPA works collaboratively to develop a community that knows how to ask for help and how to give help.
As the lead agency of the National Suicide Prevention Coalition, we build and facilitate partnerships to change attitudes and harness the voices of professionals and those with lived experience of suicide attempts and suicide. www.suicidepreventionaust.org
Need help? Click here for a comprehensive list of crisis and support information.
Suicide Prevention Australia remembers those we have lost to suicide and acknowledges the suffering suicide brings when it touches our lives. We are brought together by experience and are unified by hope.
Suicide Prevention Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders both past and present.
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has released the latest edition of it's Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status. The HealthInfoNet has published the Overview annually for over a decade. It provides a succinct summary of a wide range of health conditions impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities throughout Australia. Please follow this link to learn more and to read the Overview.
Also, follow this link to read a brief article about the overview by the Director of the HealthInfoNet Professor Neil Drew - a proud community psychologist
This annual award normally takes place later in the year, but the College is calling for 2017 nominations within a very short timeframe to enable students to nominate for the Award to support attendance at the forthcoming Trans-Tasman Conference in April (see CPD and Events for further details). If the successful nominee has already registered, they will receive a refund prior to the conference. So we still encourage nominees to register at the early bird rate, which closes on Monday 6 March.
Please follow this link for instructions on how to apply.
Victorian members were excited to welcome back to Melbourne in December Drs Isaac and Ora Prilleltensky from the University of Miami, for the International Behavioral Medicine Conference. Isaac was Research Professor at Victoria University about 10 years ago, and gave a presentation at APS which was able to be recorded along with his slides as a CPD opportunity for members.
Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky is Dean of the School of Education and Human Development and vice provost for Institutional Culture at the University of Miami. He was born in Argentina and has lived and worked also in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew, and proficient in Italian. Isaac holds the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. He has published 8 books and over 130 articles and chapters. His interests are in the promotion of well-being in individuals, organizations, and communities; and in the integration of wellness and fairness. He was recipient of the 2010 "Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award" of the Community Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of the 2014 “Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention” by the division of Counseling Psychology of APA. He leads a research team that developed (https://www.funforwellness.com/fun/bin/landing) a research-based online platform to promote health and wellness using videos, games and humor. Isaac is a vegan, fitness aficionado, and humor writer. His most recent book is The Laughing Guide to Well-Being: Using Humor and Science to Become Happier and Healthier.
Dr. Ora Prilleltensky obtained her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is the former director of the major in Human and Social Development at the University of Miami and has taught various graduate and undergraduate courses. Ora has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including a child guidance clinic, a university counseling center and a rehabilitation hospital. Her research interests include Disability Studies and the promotion of well-being. She is the author of Motherhood and Disability: Children and Choices (Palgrave, 2004) and the co-author of Promoting Well-being: Linking Personal, Organizational and Community change (2006, John Wiley & Sons). She is co-author of the forthcoming book The Laughing Guide to Change with Isaac Prilleltensky. Ora is part of a research team developing online assessments and interventions to promote health and well-being (https://www.funforwellness.com/fun/bin/landing). Ora currently serves on Miami-Dade County’s Commission on Disability Issues. She is also on the board of Research and Reform for Children in Court.
The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in November. The Lowitja Institute has provided links to conference photographs as well as videos of ketnote addresses and much more.
The Conference also issued a call to action which is reproduced below with a link to download the full statement
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