A comprehensive research trial of LifeSpan is being undertaken in 5 sites in NSW and the ACT while implementation support is being provided by the LifeSpan Suicide Prevention team to dozens of other sites across Australia.
LifeSpan NSW research trial
Funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation and with the support of the NSW Government and the NSW Mental Health Commission, LifeSpan is being delivered and comprehensively evaluated in four NSW sites.
This follows a rigorous selection process that was undertaken to select sites on the basis of need, community and stakeholder readiness and capacity. All four NSW sites are currently in the Implementation Phase.
|Site||Lead agency||Launch Date|
|Hunter New England LHD in partnership with Hunter New England Central Coast PHN, Hunter Primary Care, Calvary Ltd and Everymind.||September 2017|
|Coordinare – the South East NSW PHN||September 2017|
|Central Coast LHD||August 2018|
|Murrumbidgee PHN||August 2018|
LifeSpan is currently being implemented across all four sites using a staged roll out with each site supported over a 2.5 year period.
LifeSpan ACT trial
The ACT Government, in partnership with Capital Health Network, is the fifth high-fidelity trial site to join Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan suicide prevention research trial, led by ACT Health and launched on November 5th 2018 by ACT Minister for Mental Health, Shane Rattenbury.
The Black Dog Institute provides implementation expertise and shares learnings across trial sites, community working groups, LHDs and PHNs. Black Dog is also evaluating the ACT LifeSpan Trial.
Supporting the National Suicide Prevention Trials
The Black Dog Institute is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health to provide support to the 12 Primary Health Networks selected as trial sites for the National Suicide Prevention Trials.
In May 2018, the Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt provided funds to extend the 12 National Suicide Prevention Trials for a further 12 months. The Black Dog Institute was also funded to continue supporting the sites in how to implement evidence-based strategies to prevent suicide.
The 12 sites receiving support from the LifeSpan team are:
|Queensland||1. Townsville |
2. Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast and Central Queensland
3. Brisbane North
|Western Australia||5. Mid West, Country Western Australia|
6. Perth South
7. Kimberley, Western Australia
|New South Wales||8. North Coast |
9. Western NSW
|Victoria||10. North Western Melbourne|
|South Australia||12. Country South Australia|
Victoria Place-Based Trials
The Victorian government has funded LifeSpan’s Suicide Prevention team to support their 12 place-based suicide prevention trials across the state.