Accreditation Program

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

The Suicide Prevention Accreditation Program supports organisations to implement safe, high-quality and effective suicide prevention and postvention programs in Australia.

We are striving to ensure that every person who needs support can access a consistent, high-quality and safe standard of care.

Suicide Prevention Australia partnered with people with lived experience of suicide, consumers, clinicians, service providers and accreditation experts to develop the Suicide Prevention Australia Standards for Quality Improvement, 1st Edition (the Standards).

The Suicide Prevention Accreditation program is funded by the Australian Department of Health.

ELIGIBILITY

The Suicide Prevention Accreditation Program is for all suicide prevention and postvention 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.

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 Suicide Prevention Accreditation Program, please contact Suicide Prevention Australia on qip@suicidepreventionaust.org or phone: 02 9262 1130.

RESOURCES

Providers of suicide prevention and postvention programs, at different stages of implementation or maturity, can now participate in an independent, self-directed accreditation program.

Accreditation is carried out by an independent accreditation agency, Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP). QIP is Australia’s most comprehensive not-for-profit accreditation agency, with expertise across the entire health and human services continuum.

Organisations that receive accreditation or are registered to work towards accreditation will have the opportunity to be listed in the national best practice register of suicide prevention and postvention accredited programs and services.

The Accreditation Program offers a range of resources and templates that can support suicide prevention programs through the process of becoming accredited.

Contact QIP on info@qip.com.au or 1300 888 329 to register a program for accreditation against the Suicide Prevention Standards.

Step 1.  Registration
Organisations can register their program(s) directly with QIP and will gain immediate access to accreditation support.

Step 2. Self-Assessment
An internally led process where the organisation determines the degree to which their program meets the Standards.

Step 3.  Application
The organisations’ self-assessment is submitted and planning for the desktop audit commences.

Step 4. Assessment
An experienced and qualified auditor will conduct a desktop audit review of the documentation submitted by the organisation in their self-assessment

Step 5.  Decision
A report of the assessment is sent to QIP, and a decision is made about the organisations’ assessment status by an independent Decision Maker. The organisation is provided with an accreditation report detailing the assessment findings. Accreditation is awarded for a three-year period.

Step 6. Monitoring
The organisation continues to implement improvements throughout the accreditation cycle with a submission of a quality improvement plan mid-way through the accreditation period.

The Suicide Prevention Australia Standards Quality Improvement, 1st Edition (the Standards) were developed in collaboration with the suicide prevention sector.

Assessment against the Standards assists organisations to continually improve and provide assurance to consumers and funding providers that the suicide prevention programs delivered by an organisation are safe, high-quality and effective. There are six standards that focus on the delivery of consistent, high-quality and safe standards of care.

The Standards include:

  1. Needs Assessment
  2. Alignment
  3. Lived Experience of Suicide
  4. Stakeholder Engagement
  5. Program Plan
  6. Workforce

You can read the full set of standards here.

We have currently exhausted the first round of funding but will be looking to open another round soon. Please fill out the expression of interest below and we will keep you updated

  1. EOI Form 
  2. Read the Expression of Interest guidelines here.

FAQs

Achieving accreditation against the nationally recognised standards helps ensure an organisation’s suicide prevention services are safe, effective, and impactful for those at risk.

It supports an organisation to demonstrate commitment to quality improvement, by allowing the team to take active steps to implement best-practice programs and services.

Accreditation allows service users, as well as funding providers, and health and community support services referring people in need, to feel reassured that they will have access to a consistent, high-quality and safe standard of care.

Assessment against the Standards assists organisations to continually improve and better support consumers by providing an improved service experience.

Implementation of the Standards requires the involvement of staff and volunteers to ensure the quality, effectiveness and reliability of the suicide prevention programs being delivered.

The Suicide Prevention Accreditation 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.

Accreditation is undertaken by Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP).

QIP is a not-for-profit accreditation organisation dedicated to supporting health and community services to manage safety, risk, and quality through the provision of accreditation, certification, and quality assurance services.

QIP can support your organisation throughout the accreditation process by providing:

  • A dedicated QIP Client Liaison Team
  • Access to the QIP accreditation hub which includes:
    • AccreditationPro, our user-friendly, password protected self-assessment tool, and
    • An extensive online education and resource library containing useful documents such as Suicide Prevention Australia’s customisable templates.

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 provides a national framework that helps organisations implement high-quality and effective suicide prevention programs and services.

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

You can search for accredited services in the Best Practice Directory.

These services have met or are undertaking formal independent assessment against the Accreditation Program.

The cost of the program is $1550 (GST exclusive) per program or service. For more information contact QIP on 1300 888 329 or  info@qip.com.au

BEST PRACTICE DIRECTORY

Search by location or type for services in the Best Practice Directory.

These services have met or are undertaking formal independent assessment against the Accreditation Program.

“Proper implementation and evaluation practices are crucial to developing effective suicide prevention activities. Beyond Blue sees the Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement Program as an important step towards this collective goal, and supports the collaborative, co-designed approach underpinning it.”

Beyond Blue


“StandBy has been operational since 2002 and we are the largest postvention program in Australia. There are currently no standards for us to map StandBy against. The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement Program will help us continue to be leaders in best practice postvention.”

StandBy Support After Suicide


“The Connecting with People Program and resources were developed to make a positive difference to people in distress and those supporting them. They are underpinned by the latest international thinking, evidenced-based principles, lived and living experience in suicide prevention, with coproduction and compassion at their core. Safety, quality, and governance are extremely important to us, so we are delighted to be in the first wave of programs joining the Suicide Prevention Australia Accreditation Program.”

Connecting with People

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