Suicide Prevention

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for people working in primary and allied healthcare including psychiatrists, GPs, mental health nurses, clinical psychologists, counsellors, social workers and occupational therapists as well as others who are interested in improving their knowledge in suicide prevention.

Who offers the course?

The course is offered by the The Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) in Camperdown.

The course facilitator is Professor John Mendoza, director of consultancy agency Connetica Professor Mendoza’s professional expertise lies in the areas of:

  • social policy
  • health promotion
  • governance
  • change management
  • workplace mental health and well being programs

Professor Mendoza was the inaugural Chair of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health, and Deputy Chair of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council Board. Prior to this Professor Mendoza was the CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, and the Australian Sports Drug Agency. He participated in the 2009 Indigenous Suicide Blank Page Conference in the Kimberleys and in 2008 attended the 2020 Summit.

Professor Mendoza was awarded the QUT Alumni Award for Innovation and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.

Content will also be provided by BMRI's leading clinical researchers.

Level of assumed/required knowledge

There are no formal prerequisites, however professional experience in a health and/or human service setting would be beneficial

Course overview

This short course provides participants with an introduction to the latest knowledge in research and practice in suicide and suicide prevention in Australia, and practical skills for responding to people at risk of suicide.

By the end of the course, participants have a sound knowledge and understanding of suicide, suicidal behaviour and self-harm and the relationships and differences between these three areas.

Participants will examine prevalence and risk factors in sub-populations, and evidence-based strategies to reduce suicide and suicidal risk. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about different communication skills for effectively responding to a person at risk of suicide and have the opportunity to apply their learning by developing an intervention or Pathway to Care plan for their particular work context.

Concepts covered in the workshops and readings include:

  • Epidemiology and aetiology of suicide and self harm behaviours
  • Economic, social and personal costs of suicide and self harm
  • Effective programs and interventions
  • The role of the bystander and acting when faced with suicidal behaviour
  • Risk assessment and communication skills for working with people at risk of suicide
  • Communication skills for working with people bereaved by suicide
  • Evidence for need for postvention services
  • Reviewing various state and territory suicide prevention strategies
  • Emerging issues - social media, cyber-bullying and suicide and self harm

Course duration

4 full days including 2 weekend workshops (full day Saturday and half day Sunday) plus 1 full day Friday

How is the course assessed?

Participants are asked to prepare:

  1. An opinion piece
  2. Pathways to Care intervention plan for their chosen workplace

Completing the assessment tasks is optional however participants will gain most from this short course if the tasks are attempted.

Can this course contribute to an academic degree?

Credit for this course may be awarded (at the discretion of the course coordinator) to students enrolling in the postgraduate program in Brain & Mind Sciences

Course delivery

The course is offered face-to-face, with some short lecture-style sessions, and other longer interactive sessions, deisgned to give participants the maximum opportunity to apply their experiences from the workplace and other contexts.

Participants will gain most from the workshops if they prepare in advance by reading the recommended readings, as well as participating in workshop discussions.

Course cost

$1750 (including GST)

Course dates

2014 dates
Saturday 15 March: 9am - 5pm
Sunday 16 March: 9am - 12.30pm
Saturday 3 May: 9am - 5pm
Sunday 4 May: 9am - 12.30pm
Friday 6 June: 9am - 5pm

Participants must attend all 5 workshop dates to successfully complete this short course.

Is this course accredited for CME points?


Further information and registration

Further information is available on the BRMI website or the course brochure.

Registration is available online.

Contact person/Course coordinator

Postgraduate Office
T: 02 9114 4048

Last updated

October 2013