A comprehensive research trial of LifeSpan is being undertaken in 4 sites in NSW while implementation support is being provided by the LifeSpan team to 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.
Supporting Commonwealth suicide prevention trial sites
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|
In June 2017, the ACT Government announced support for Black Dog Institute to implement a fifth high-fidelity research trial using the LifeSpan suicide prevention approach in the territory. The project is expected to launch October 2018.
The Victorian government has funded LifeSpan’s implementation team to support their 12 place-based suicide prevention trials across the state.