Suicide Prevention in Aged Care and Residential Facilities

Is this Workshop for You?

With Australia’s aging population and in acknowledgement of the greatest prevalence rates for suicide in the elderly, it is of critical importance that we seek to apply a specialist focus to our most vulnerable people; those in Aged and Residential Care.

Risk for suicide in this population is evidenced in a 400% increase in aged care preventable deaths in the past decade. Falls and choking were 90% of these, but 4.5% were by suicide*. In facilities designed for care, there are real and achievable differences that we can make

It is an unavoidable fact that possessing situation specific knowledge of suicidality is non-negotiable. If you know what to look for and how to respond, you can save a life!

Date and Venue – This is an in-service or online training
Times – as negotiated depending on service
Catering – Depending on service agreements
CPD PTS – 10 hours minimum (online) and 12 hours face to face (if completing all modules)
Training Materials – All included
Variations and Extra Resources – Available on request

Follow-up or stand-alone consultation services are available. Complement your training with a professional review of your systems, procedures and environment.

* smh.com.au/ 26MAY17 (Search 20170526-gwdx2q)

Content Inclusions

This program delivers core skills and information, and also shows you how to implement these into the specific context of aged care and residential settings.

Content may be delivered in “as needed” modules from one hour, to a full day, or two day intensive. Inclusions are adjusted to your needs, with the opportunity to codesign your training needs.

Specific focus areas include:

  • The facts on suicidality prevalence in older Australians and residential settings
  • Responding to low-probability and high-consequence behaviours
  • Warning signs, risk and protective factors
  • Applying means restriction and hazard reduction principles
  • Leadership in this context. Implementing standards, processes and systems, including a Zero Suicide style framework
  • Self auditing for impact
  • Accountability and monitoring without the blame
  • Finding reasons to live and fostering meaningful connections
  • Therapeutic strategies, assessment and monitoring systems
  • Grief and making meaning from lives lost
  • Proactivity, resilience and vigour in self care

NB: We do not address assisted dying or end of life considerations.

Testimonials

  • “(The) training session was outstanding – very useful information and easy to follow. Very interactive session, enabling discussion and insight into (critical incidents)”
  • “I have really had my eyes opened today. It was great and will help me to cope with residents having hard times”
  • “Everything was valuable. This is the best training I’ve had in 16 years”

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