Anyone can learn how to help: suicide prevention campaign launched to protect regional SA communities

06 July 2020

Anyone can learn how to help: suicide prevention campaign launched to protect regional SA communities.

The transition from working in a hardware store to becoming a suicide prevention support worker
isn’t an obvious one, but for Whyalla resident Anne Evans it’s a change that has provided many
opportunities to make a real difference in her community.

Now she’s taking that commitment even further by featuring in a campaign which is about showing
that anyone can learn how to help a person who might be thinking about taking their own life.

Country SA PHN has launched the campaign to promote QPR, an online suicide prevention training
which is being offered for free to all residents within the National Suicide Prevention Trial region of
Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, the Yorke Peninsula and the towns in between.              

                                                                                                                       

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LivingWorks Start - Free suicide prevention training for SA bushfire affected communities - Adelaide Hills

01 June 2020

LivingWorks Start - Free suicide prevention training for SA bushfire affected communities

Free suicide prevention training is being made available to South Australian communities left reeling
from the 2019/2020 bushfires.

Residents of the Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills and the Keilira region can now
access an online program run by suicide intervention training provider LivingWorks, thanks to
funding from Country SA PHN.

The LivingWorks Start program prepares people with the skills to recognise when someone is having
thoughts of suicide and, importantly, how to respond to keep them safe.

“Recovery efforts in our bushfire affected communities are still very much underway following the
devastating December bushfires,” Country SA PHN CEO Kim Hosking said.

“Those efforts are being made even more challenging by COVID-19 and we want to make sure there
is as much support as possible for these communities.            

                                                                                                                       

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LivingWorks Start - Free suicide prevention training for SA bushfire affected communities - Yorke Peninsula

01 June 2020

LivingWorks Start - Free suicide prevention training for SA bushfire affected communities

Free suicide prevention training is being made available to South Australian communities left reeling
from the 2019/2020 bushfires.

Residents of the Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills and the Keilira region can now
access an online program run by suicide intervention training provider LivingWorks, thanks to
funding from Country SA PHN.

The LivingWorks Start program prepares people with the skills to recognise when someone is having
thoughts of suicide and, importantly, how to respond to keep them safe.

“Recovery efforts in our bushfire affected communities are still very much underway following the
devastating December bushfires,” Country SA PHN CEO Kim Hosking said.

“Those efforts are being made even more challenging by COVID-19 and we want to make sure there
is as much support as possible for these communities.            

                                                                                                                       

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LivingWorks Start - Free suicide prevention training for SA bushfire affected communities - Kangaroo Island

01 June 2020

LivingWorks Start - Free suicide prevention training for SA bushfire affected communities

Free suicide prevention training is being made available to South Australian communities left reeling
from the 2019/2020 bushfires.

Residents of the Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills and the Keilira region can now
access an online program run by suicide intervention training provider LivingWorks, thanks to
funding from Country SA PHN.

The LivingWorks Start program prepares people with the skills to recognise when someone is having
thoughts of suicide and, importantly, how to respond to keep them safe.

“Through community consultation, this training was clearly identified by the Kangaroo Island
community as something that was important to make available to people at this time,” Country SA
PHN CEO Kim Hosking said.

“We’re therefore very pleased to be able to offer it to anyone living in Kangaroo Island as well as other bushfire
affected regions.

           

                                                                                                                       

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LivingWorks Start - Free suicide prevention training for SA bushfire affected communities - Keilira

01 June 2020

LivingWorks Start - Free suicide prevention training for SA bushfire affected communities

Free suicide prevention training is being made available to South Australian communities left reeling
from the 2019/2020 bushfires.

Residents of the Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills and the Keilira region can now
access an online program run by suicide intervention training provider LivingWorks, thanks to
funding from Country SA PHN.

The LivingWorks Start program prepares people with the skills to recognise when someone is having
thoughts of suicide and, importantly, how to respond to keep them safe.

“Recovery efforts in our bushfire affected communities are still very much underway following the
devastating December bushfires,” Country SA PHN CEO Kim Hosking said.

“Those efforts are being made even more challenging by COVID-19 and we want to make sure there
is as much support as possible for these communities.            

                                                                                                                       

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SANE Australia: New Resource 'You are not alone' provides support for carers following an attempted suicide of a loved one.

25 May 2020

SANE Australia: New Resource 'You are not alone' provides support for carers following an attempted suicide of a loved one.

Country South Australia is one of two regions in Australia chosen to pilot a new evidence-based resource providing information and advice for people close to someone who has attempted suicide. The You Are Not Alone website has been created by national mental health charity SANE Australia together with research partners University of New England and the University of Sydney, and is being disseminated locally by the Country SA PHN (CSAPHN). You Are Not Alone gives information and tools to carers throughout the stages of supporting someone who has attempted suicide, or who is at risk of doing so. The non-linear navigation allows people to find advice that is relevant to them at any time during their carer journey.                

                                                                                                                       

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National Suicide Prevention Trial Extended in Country North

12 Febrary 2019

National Suicide Prevention Trial Extended in Country North

The National Suicide Prevention Trial has been extended until June 2021 throughout the Country North region as part of the Federal Government’s national approach to suicide prevention. Country SA PHN Chief Executive Officer Kim Hosking says the announcement is great news for the community – ensuring the momentum created over the past three years continues. “The extra million dollars in funding allows us to sustain the significant work already achieved in the region across many services,” said Mr Hosking. “For example, more than 3,000 people, approximately five per cent of the adult population in the trial region have done Question Persuade Refer training - helping the community to recognise and respond to suicidality. We can now extend this level of awareness even further.”                                                                                                                                                     

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Point of Care Testing initiative designed to accelerate benefits for patients, practices

14 October 2019

Point of Care Testing initiative designed to accelerate benefits for patients, practices 

One of the key challenges faced by patients and health providers in regional and remote areas of
Australia is the turnaround time usually required to access test results that are often key to the
treatment and management of illnesses.

That’s why Point of Care Testing (PoCT) is so important. As the name suggests, the testing and
analysis happens at the front line, providing faster access to test results and enabling more rapid
clinical decision making, treatment and interventions.

Now a new report commissioned by Country SA PHN aims to accelerate these benefits for patients
and general practice, with a six point of care tests initiative available for practices to start using.

The initiative is being launched at today’s National Point of Care Testing Scientific Education Meeting
at the Adelaide Convention Centre.                                                      

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