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03 May 2018

Suicide prevention: Country SA PHN rolls out regional SA’s largest ever community capacity building strategy

The largest scale community capacity building strategy ever seen in regional South Australia is 
currently underway, with the extensive roll out of a free online suicide prevention training 
course.

Country SA PHN is providing Question Persuade Refer (QPR) training to approximately 1,000
community members within the National Suicide Prevention Trial region. The region includes Port Lincoln, 
Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, the Yorke Peninsula and the towns in between.

QPR is designed to provide everyday people with three simple steps to help save a life from suicide.

The program is being rolled out after Country SA PHN conducted a survey which found that 68% of 
country South Australians wanted additional training and upskilling opportunities in suicide 
prevention.

“Regional areas traditionally have higher rates of suicide and that’s a statistic we want to change 
but, importantly, we also want regional communities to feel empowered to be a part of that change,” 
Country SA PHN Chief Executive Kim Hosking said.

“If we train only 1% of the population in our trial region, it will act as a protective factor against
suicide in the community – so we feel very strongly about the importance of this initiative.

“Not everybody who is experiencing suicidal thoughts has access to mental health services, so it
makes sense to add a community layer to suicide prevention.”

Under stage two of this initiative, Country SA PHN will also roll out the free QPR training offer across
the rest of the country South Australia region in the coming weeks.

Access to mental health services is a major perceived barrier to help-seeking in regional South 
Australia.

“Through adding a community layer to at-risk regions and improving the health literacy of the 
general population, a reduction in suicide rates is achievable,” Mr Hosking said.

“The online program reduces such barriers, providing training opportunities regardless of location 
and being fully funded is a great way to assist communities in need. People are our biggest asset in
regional communities so this QPR training offer is a long-term strategy which will create a protective
factor long after the National Suicide Prevention Trial ends.

“It takes less than an hour to complete and we’re encouraging all members of the community to
consider doing it – you never know, it could help you save a life one day.”

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the National Suicide Prevention Strategy is a vital tool 
in educating about suicide and preventing suicide.

“Suicide takes a huge toll on regional communities and many people living in the regions have been
touched by the devastating heartbreak suicide leaves behind,” he said.

“I am very supportive of this strategy and encourage people to take this opportunity and complete 
the free suicide prevention course.”

Anyone interested in accessing the training can use the free code CSA to login at 
www.countrysaphn.com.au

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or
at www.lifeline.org.au

About Country SA PHN
Country SA PHN is responsible for commissioning Commonwealth directed funding for primary health services
throughout regional South Australia. It is the health network set up to service the country regions of South
Australia, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery while improving the coordination of
patient care. Established by the Australian Government, we exist to bridge the gap of health inequity and
access in rural South Australia by building a collaborative and responsive health care system. Country SA PHN
covers 99.8% of the state geographically, incorporating approximately 30% of South Australia’s total population.
For more information go to www.countrysaphn.com.au

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