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192559 - Working with suicidality

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Face to face
2.5 hours

Suicide, suicidal crisis and its effects touches many lives and its consequences ripple throughout the community. Many GPs have, or will, experience potential suicide or suicide of patients, family or friends and this workshop aims to assist with prevention strategies and to lessen the impact of suicide on everyone's lives.

Relevance to General Practice

Suicide prevention is a key government and community initiative with GPs playing an important role in identifying and supporting people at risk of suicide; and ensuring that they get the right help at the right time.
In South Australia, each year less than a half of people who suicide have had contact with mental health services. However, many of them have been to seen a General Practitioner or have spoken to someone indicating they are vulnerable. The World Health Organisation recognises that one of the 11 elements for suicide prevention is maintaining comprehensive training programs for identified gatekeepers and another as promoting the use of mental health services. The SA Government recognises the need for development of coordinated suicide prevention plans that bring together Local Health Networks and Primary Health Networks.
Suicide rates in South Australia recorded by the Australian Bureau of Statistics are slightly above the national average

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the epidemiology globally, nationally, locally
  • Utilise 5 strategies of engaging with people at risk
  • List suicide risk factors, red flags and use risk assessment grid
  • List range of treatment modalities and options
  • Create a hope and safety and collaborative care plan
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Psychological health
    Partnering organisations

    Adelaide PHN

    This activity is also available on these dates


    Rydges, 1 South Terrace, Adelaide


    Coopers Ale House, 560 Main North Road, Blair Athol


    Venue (at)313, Level 1, 313 Payneham Road, Royston Park

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    192559 - Working with suicidality
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    2.5 hours
    Start Date
    CPD Points
    5 cpd
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