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 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 Suicide Prevention Australia Standards for Quality Improvement, 1st Edition (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 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. Accreditation is carried out by an independent accreditation agency, Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP).
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.
Contact QIP on firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 888 329 to register a program for accreditation against the Suicide Prevention 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 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
Shayne Connell, CEO, LivingWorks Australia
SUICIDE PREVENTION STANDARDS FOR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
The Suicide Prevention Australia Standards Quality Improvement Standards include six standards that focus on the delivery of consistent, high quality and safe standard of care.
The Standards include:
- Needs Assessment
- Lived Experience of Suicide
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Program Plan
You can read the full set of standards here.
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 email@example.com or phone: 02 9262 1130.
2021 Suicide Prevention Accreditation Program Grant
Suicide prevention programs and services are invited to seek a one-off grant ($1,500 plus GST per program or service) to implement the first cycle of accreditation against the Suicide Prevention Standards for Quality Improvement.
The Suicide Prevention Accreditation Program Grant is open to any suicide prevention or postvention program or service in Australia. 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.
Applications close on Monday 28 February 2022.
How to Apply
VOLUNTARY GAP ANALYSIS
In order to support organisations within the sector as much as possible and help program teams to prepare for their formal assessments against the Standards, Suicide Prevention Australia and QIP Consulting offer a Voluntary Gap Analysis.
The purpose of the gap analysis is for program coordinators to self-assess their program’s current level of compliance to the Standards using an electronic tool similar to the self-assessment tool they will use in the formal accreditation process, and then develop an action plan to improve their program’s level of compliance in order to better prepare for formal accreditation when they choose to undertake it.
The Voluntary Gap Analysis offers a range of resources and templates that can support suicide prevention programs through the process of working towards accreditation.
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 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.
The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement Program replaces and builds on The Hub. The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement program offers providers of suicide prevention programs an opportunity to participate in a program that will provide consistency in delivery and a sector-wide focus on best practice.
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.