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Date posted: 21 May 2012
An updated online training package for suicide prevention professionals has been launched by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler. Mr Butler said the package had been updated and expanded to ensure health workers had the right skills to support people who had attempted (or were at risk of) suicide or self-harm.
'It comprises a foundation training module, which introduces suicide and suicidal behaviour, and three advanced modules that cover risk assessment and crisis intervention, working with particular populations at high risk of suicide, and referrals and self-care,' Mr Butler said.
'The revised training is now available online and can be accessed through the Australian Psychological Society (APS), which developed the original version of the package in 2008 and oversaw its recent revision. It is mandatory for allied health professionals engaged to deliver services under the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) Suicide Prevention Service initiative and is provided free of charge for these providers.'
The APS and the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association have also received funds from the Government to develop culturally appropriate suicide prevention training for allied health professionals and administrators delivering and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention services in the Kimberley region.
Source: PS News Network