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SA Liberals release Suicide Prevention Policy

Aug 30, 2012

Isobel Redmond MP
Leader of the Opposition

Hon John Dawkins MLC
Member of the Legislative Council

SA Liberals release Suicide Prevention Policy

Liberal Leader Isobel Redmond and Member of the Legislative Council, Hon John Dawkins, have announced a Suicide Prevention Policy that the Liberals will take to the next election.

If elected in 2014, a Redmond Liberal Government will:

  • Provide $350,000 for not-for-profit organisations with a proven history in self-harm and suicide prevention to apply for grant funding to deliver tailored awareness and risk assessment training. This will ensure rural and metropolitan community members improve their ability to identify the warning signs associated with individuals who are at risk of self-harm or suicide.
  • Work with tertiary and higher education facilities to seek inclusion of self-harm and suicide prevention training for medical and other primary health care students.
  • Task a dedicated self-harm and suicide prevention team within the South Australian Department of Health with improving communication and coordination across government to ensure a prioritised, focused and consistent whole-of-government approach is adopted.
  • Support the efforts of the National Committee for Standardised Reporting of Suicides. This Committee brings together many participants and users of suicide data on the reliable, accurate and timely reporting of attempted and completed suicides.

In 2010, there were 2,361 deaths in Australia from suicide. South Australia contributed 197 deaths to the national figures, which is 67 per cent greater than the South Australian road toll for the same year[1].

“It’s time Government takes a proactive approach in this area,” Ms Redmond said.

“Facilitating a community gatekeeper strategy whereby individuals are given the training to identify and deal with issues that can ultimately lead to suicide is a proven approach.

“From the Opposition’s perspective, current Government policy focuses too much on primary health care and although we believe this is important many individuals contemplating
self-harm or suicide don’t make it into the primary health care system[2].”

“I firmly believe not enough resources are being directed towards communities to provide them with the tools to know how and when to intervene, clearly more can and should be done,” Mr Dawkins said.

“The SA Liberals have a proud history in supporting greater resources for mental health. By focusing on education, early intervention, communication and reporting, our targeted and proactive approach will have a positive impact on South Australian communities.

“Bringing on board local community organisations with proven experience in linking with other like-minded groups to stamp out suicide is absolutely imperative in providing effective programs against self harm.

“The Opposition is committed to ensuring members of the community have the tools to combat the potentially devastating effects of mental illness.”




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