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.
|Site||Lead agency||Establishment Start Date||Implementation Start Date|
|Newcastle||Hunter New England LHD in partnership with Hunter New England Central Coast PHN, Hunter Primary Care, Calvary Ltd and Everymind.||October 2016||August 2017|
|Illawarra Shoalhaven||Coordinare – the South East NSW PHN||February 2017||August 2017|
|Central Coast||Central Coast LHD||June 2017||December 2017|
|Murrumbidgee||Murrumbidgee PHN||October 2017||April 2018|
LifeSpan will be implemented using a staged roll out with each of the four sites supported to implement LifeSpan 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.
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 the LifeSpan suicide prevention approach in the territory. The project is expected to commence in mid-2018.