The Victorian suicide prevention framework 2016-2025 was released in July 2016. The framework establishes a goal to halve Victoria’s suicide rate by 2025 and is supported by investment of $27 million over four years for two key initiatives; assertive outreach to support people and families after a suicide attempt; and place-based suicide prevention trials in six locations.
The locations of the trial sites were announced as part of the release of the suicide prevention framework, with a commitment to begin operation during 2016/17. The Gippsland trial site funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is Latrobe Valley.
The Department of Health and Human Services have partnered with Gippsland PHN to deliver the trials. Gippsland PHN has contributed additional federal resources to expand the reach of the program. This contribution has funded an additional trial site for the Bass Coast local Government Area.
The place-based program locations will achieve the following outcomes:
These high-level goals will inform the development of the evaluation framework. These outcomes align with the PHN missions and objectives including improved coordination of care that ensures patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time, increased efficiency and effectiveness of medical services and other primary health services and leading innovation and evidence-based practice.
The interventions will focus on capacity building and enhancing system effectiveness, rather than service expansion or new services, and may include:
The project commenced in April 2017 and is currently due to conclude June 2022.
The key stages of the project are: