Assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of Australia’s suicide prevention programs

What is it?

The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement Program is a national framework that helps organisations implement mechanisms for assuring the quality, effectiveness and fidelity of suicide prevention programs in Australia.

The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement Program standards were developed by Suicide Prevention Australia in collaboration with the suicide prevention sector.

Each program will be measured against 6 fit-for-purpose suicide prevention standards. Importantly, the suicide prevention standards provide a level of confidence for the community, especially for those seeking help for suicidal behaviour.

Providers of suicide prevention programs, at different stages of implementation or maturity, can now partake in a self-directed program that will provide consistency in delivery and a sector-wide focus on quality improvement.

Organisations that receive accreditation or are registered to work towards accreditation will have the opportunity to be listed in the national register of suicide prevention accredited organisations.

Who is it for?

The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement Program is for all suicide prevention programs. A suicide prevention program is one that is implemented to address, prevent or respond to suicidal behaviours and their impact on people, families, communities and the Australian population.

How can my program become accredited?

Contact Suicide Prevention Australia to register a program for the Quality Improvement Program against the Suicide Prevention Standards.

Once successfully registered, the program coordinator can commence the Quality Improvement Program at the self-assessment stage, which is the first stage in achieving certification or accreditation against the Standards.

The Quality Improvement Program offers a range of resources that can support suicide prevention programs through the process of becoming accredited. Accreditation is carried out by an independent assessor — Quality Innovation Performance.

If an organisation is unsure if the program meets the Suicide Prevention standards or wishes to discuss any aspects of eligibility for the Quality Improvement Program, please contact Suicide Prevention Australia.

Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement Standards

The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement Standards include six fit-for-purpose standards that focus on consistency in delivery and a focus on quality.

You can read the full set of standards here.

Further information

If an organisation is unsure if the program meets the Suicide Prevention standards or wishes to discuss any aspects of eligibility for the Quality Improvement Program, please contact Suicide Prevention Australia on qip@suicidepreventionaust.org or phone: 02 9262 1130.

Suicide Prevention Australia will host a series of free introductory webinars to provide further information about the benefits of the Quality Improvement Program and how it works. More information will be here as the webinars are scheduled.

 

FAQs

The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement Program is designed to support the suicide prevention sector. This means that providers of suicide prevention programs can benefit by placing their programs on a self-directed course that is useful, purposeful, user-friendly and relevant to their needs.

The Life In Mind national directory houses a collection of suicide prevention programs and services which may be beneficial for people working in the suicide prevention sector, as well as those in mental health, government, business or community groups.

Our program is more than a directory, it builds the capacity of existing programs and services.

Suicide Prevention Australia has a Memorandum of Understanding with Life In Mind.

The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement Program is not The Hub. Our program offers providers of suicide prevention programs and opportunity to participate in a program that will provide consistency in delivery and a sector-wide focus on quality improvement.

So far, there has been a lot of interest from large and smaller organisations who are committed to the ongoing delivery of quality suicide prevention programs.