A national co-design process to develop National Best Practice Guidelines for the enhancement and establishment of postvention, aftercare and distress brief support services will be undertaken by Roses in the Ocean and Folk.
Engaged by the Australian Government, Roses in the Ocean is an internationally recognised lived experience of suicide organisation and Folk is a strategic design consultancy firm. They will run the co-design process across the country through to 30 June 2023.
This co-design supports the significant investment in suicide prevention activities, co-funded by the Australian, state and territory governments, as outlined in the each of the bi-lateral agreements.
It is centred around the voice of lived experience to inform the guidelines. Community-led organisations supporting priority populations will also be contributing, and existing service providers and commissioning bodies will draw on their first-hand experience to explore areas of opportunity to enhance and strengthen current models.
This co-design builds on the good work currently underway in some regions and recent evaluation and co-design that have occurred in the aftercare and postvention spaces.
Expressions of Interest are being sought for face-to-face sessions for people with a lived experience of suicide relevant to the services funded in the states’ bilateral agreement and for online sessions. Further information on dates, locations and times can be found here.
The facilitators will be inviting community-led organisations, the service sector and commissioning bodies to relevant sessions across May and June 2023.