The Kimberley Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Trial is supported by WA Primary Health Alliance, Country WA PHN, in partnership with KAMS, who are coordinating on-the-ground activities.

The Kimberley Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Trial (the Trial) is helping to develop a suicide prevention model suitable for the unique needs of Kimberley Aboriginal communities.

Communities participating in the Trial are: Broome, Bidyadanga, Dampier Peninsula, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra, the Kutjungka region and Wyndham.

Additional information and resources are available on the WAPHA Site here.

 

The Clinical Element activities of the Trial work together to improve service delivery and quality of care to improve patient safety. The Clinical Element activities are as follows:

  • A Cultural Security Framework for Mental Health / Social and Emotional Well-being and Alcohol and Other Drug Services;
  • Kimberley Protocol: Deliberate Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviours; and,
  • Health Workforce Training in Suicide Prevention.

Current Training Information – *COVID-19 UPDATE*

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clinical Element training activities of the Kimberley Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Trial will be suspended. This is to abide by the Government restrictions on non-essential travel across the Kimberley. Please see KAMS documents Return to Work Guideline to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and KAMS & KRS Travel Guideline to help prevent the spread of COVID-19) for further information.

The following training has been cancelled:

  1. Health Workforce Training in Suicide Prevention
  2. Deliberate Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviours Protocol Training

Our apologies for the inconvenience this may cause. The safety and social and emotional wellbeing of our communities is of priority during this time. We are currently discussing alternative options for the delivery of this training and will update you accordingly.

Please continue to check this page for updates.

If you require further information, please contact Stefanie Faraone, Capacity Building Officer – Suicide Prevention, at spcapacitybuilding@kamsc.org.au or on 9194 3205.

Kimberley Protocol: Deliberate Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviours

TRAINING FOR NON-HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDERS:

The Kimberley Protocol on Deliberate Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviours (the Protocol) outlines a pathway for human service agencies to assist people presenting with deliberate self-harm and suicidal behaviours to access appropriate care, including:

  • Appropriate screening and assessment; and,
  • Effective follow-up, support and safety planning.

The Protocol is the first of its kind in the region, developed by the Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Subcommittee of the Kimberley Aboriginal Health Planning Forum. KAMS have partnered with WA Country Health Service (WACHS) to roll-out training to human service agency staff, including Police, school staff, youth workers, peer mentors etc.

For further information please contact Stefanie Faraone, Capacity Building Officer – Suicide Prevention at KAMS, at spcapacitybuilding@kamsc.org.au or on 9194 3205.

Health Workforce Training in Suicide Prevention

TRAINING FOR HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDERS:

The health workforce training in suicide prevention aims to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of health workforce and clinic staff to identify, screen, assess, and manage patients who are presenting with, or may be at risk of, deliberate self-harm and suicidal behaviours to improve patient safety.

This training is for all health workforce and clinic staff and will include information of the Kimberley Protocol on Deliberate Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviours.

Learning outcomes:

  • Build a shared understanding across the health workforce around deliberate self-harm and suicidal behaviours;
  • Recognise the risk factors and warning signs to identify people at risk;
  • Confidently ask about deliberate self-harm and suicidal behaviours;
  • Effectively undertake a risk assessment;
  • Implement an interdisciplinary team approach to management;
  • Develop a collaborative safety plan;
  • Link in to appropriate services and local referral pathways;
  • Provide effective follow up care; and,
  • Provide postvention support to those impacted or bereaved by suicide.

KAMS in partnership with WACHS will deliver the Health Workforce Training in Suicide Prevention across the Kimberley.

For further information please contact Stefanie Faraone, Capacity Building Officer – Suicide Prevention at KAMS, at spcapacitybuilding@kamsc.org.au or on 9194 3205.