The first learning session for the Zero Suicide in Healthcare Multi-site Collaborative was held in Brisbane on 13 and 14 February 2018.
This project will drive significant cultural change for suicide prevention in health services by adopting the Zero Suicide in Healthcare framework across 10 Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) including:
- Central Queensland
- Children’s Health Queensland
- Darling Downs
- Gold Coast
- Metro North – Redcliffe/Caboolture
- Metro South – Bayside
- Torres and Cape
- West Moreton
The two day forum provided an opportunity for representatives from participating sites to learn more about Zero Suicide in Healthcare and to reflect on how this will apply to their HHS by participating in the Multi-site Collaborative. The discussions and feedback from attendees indicated high levels of commitment for implementing Zero Suicide and contributing to the systemic quality improvements needed to achieve the aspirational goal of zero suicides amongst persons receiving care in a health service. The opening address was provided by Mrs Kerrie Keepa and Dr John Wakefield. Kerrie is a committed lived experience advocate and conveyed her journey and involvement in suicide prevention to the participating sites by reiterating her passionate connection to purpose. Dr John Wakefield provided the context for the Multi-site Collaborative, emphasising his confidence in participating sites.
A range of key note speakers presented a broad range of suicide prevention information relevant to Zero Suicide. Professor Sidney Dekker took HHSs on a journey to explore just culture in the context of health. Dr Kathryn Turner and team described the ground breaking work that the Gold Coast Mental Health and Specialised Services have done towards implementing a Zero Suicide approach in local health service provision. Other experts delivered thought-provoking presentations, including Dr Tom Meehan and Dr Rebecca Soole who asked participants to consider opportunities for change following evidence from recent research. Matthew Welch from Gold Coast Health demonstrated the application of the Zero Suicide in Healthcare framework and engaged the audience in discussions about the use of safety planning and risk formulation.
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