Assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of Australia’s suicide prevention programs.
The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement 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).
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.
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.
The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement 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.
Providers of suicide prevention and postvention programs, at different stages of implementation or maturity, can now participate in a self-directed accreditation program.
Assessment against the Standards assists organisations to continually improve and provide assurance to consumers that the suicide prevention programs delivered by an organisation are safe, high-quality and effective.
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 and postvention accredited organisations.
The Accreditation Program offers a range of resources and templates that can support suicide prevention programs through the process of becoming accredited. Accreditation is carried out by an independent accreditation agency, Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP).
Once successfully registered, the program coordinator can commence the Accreditation Program at the self-assessment stage, which is the first stage in achieving accreditation against the Standards.
Contact QIP on firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 888 329 to register a program for accreditation against the Suicide Prevention Standards.