The Federal Department of Health have engaged Roses in the Ocean and Folk to facilitate a national co-design process to develop National Best Practice Guidelines for the enhancement and establishment of postvention, aftercare and distress brief support services. This co-design supports the significant investment in suicide prevention activities, co-funded by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, as outlined in the each of the bi-lateral agreements. The process will run across the country through to 30 June 2023. The Aftercare Sessions for WA will be held face to face on 30 May (9am-3pm) in Esperance. More details can be found on the website. The co-design is centred around the voice of lived experience to directly inform the guidelines. Community-led organisations supporting priority populations will also be contributing, and existing service providers and commissioning bodies will draw on their first-hand experience to explore areas of opportunity to enhance and strengthen current models. The co-design will build on the good work currently underway in some regions and recent evaluation and co-design that have occurred in the aftercare and postvention spaces. We are currently seeking Expressions of Interest for these sessions, links to these are below:
Paid participation for people with a lived experience of suicide is $430 for full day face-to-face sessions (6hrs), and $258 for online sessions (3hrs). Materials to support participation will be shared prior to the sessions. We are looking for 15 people in each session, with an opportunity for broader (unpaid) participation through a survey. Contact: For further information, please reach out to Crystal Paniccia, Head of Priority Populations and Partnerships, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.