Suicide Prevention: Enhanced Professional Development for GPs

Research Project Title: Investigating the merits of simulation-based video materials on inter-professional practice in community-based suicide prevention training

Through this collaborative project with Edith Cowan University, the Lishman Health Foundation has developed a robust and professional online multi-media suicide prevention training package for GPs that has been approved by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

This project identified that 75 percent of GPs have not undertaken suicide prevention training in the past three years, less than 50 percent of GPs could identify early warning signs of suicidal intent and less than 10 percent of GPs considered current inter-professional collaborations adequate in the management of the suicidal patient.

The Foundation’s suicide prevention training package aims to address these issues and help GPs save lives. Upon completion of the training package, GPs will receive 40 Category 1 points through the RACGP. As of August 2018, 105 GPs from across Australia have completed the training package.

Lead Researchers:

Acting Professor Owen Carter
Professor Cobie Rudd