Sector Professionals Focus Group
If you support people at risk of suicide come and join the conversation about the future of suicide prevention in Cairns.
Northern Queensland PHN has partnered with Beacon Strategies to refine the Cairns Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan, which is intended to provide a regional approach to the planning and provision of community-based suicide prevention initiatives for the Cairns and Hinterland region.
We are inviting you to offer your thoughts and insights as a professional into the current state of suicide prevention in Cairns, and how it should look in the future to achieve better outcomes for the community.
This focus group is targeted to professionals, service providers and service personnel that may come in contact with people at risk of suicide.
If you would like more information about this project, or if you are unable to attend this session in person and would still like to contribute to the discussion, please contact Beacon Strategies via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why is this session important?
As part of this project, it is really important to conduct conversations with the community and stakeholders to ensure that the Cairns Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan is responsive to local insights, thoughts, views and needs.
What is the project about?
The development and promotion of a regional approach to suicide prevention has been identified by all PHNs as a key priority. Consequently NQPHN has committed to developing a place-based Cairns Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan (SPCAP) for Townsville, Mackay and Cairns. This project aims to refine the existing draft of the Cairns SPCAP through extensive consultation, in alignment with the Black Dog Institute’s (BDI) Lifespan model and the evolving mental health care environment.
What is a Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan?
A Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan includes localised strategies and actions that relate to the planning and provision of suicide prevention initiatives specific to the region.
The action plan will include what the outcomes are, how the outcomes will be achieved, who is responsible, the supports that are available, time frame and monitoring & evaluation mechanisms.
Who should attend the session?
This focus group is targeted to professionals and service providers that come into contact with people at risk of suicide. This includes first responders, hospital and health services staff, primary care, mental health care professionals, social services and other community-based organisations.
What is the LifeSpan Model and why is it important?
The LifeSpan Model is an integrated evidence-based suicide prevention model developed by Black Dog Institute, which combines nine evidence-based strategies into a community led approach. The model aims to build a safety net for the community by connecting and coordinating new and existing interventions and programs, and building the capacity of the community to better support people facing a suicidal crisis. For more information on LifeSpan Model visit
What if I can’t make it to any of the sessions, but I still want to contribute my input to the project?
We are holding 12 consultation sessions across the Cairns and Hinterland region from Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March. If this session isn’t right for you, we have a number of other sessions you can register for that may be more suitable. Follow the link to consultation relating to this project [insert link here to all sessions]
What if I identify with multiple groups?
If you identify with multiple groups, please select the session you feel most comfortable in
Who will be running the session?
This focus group will be facilitated by Beacon Strategies
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN)
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation funded by the Australian Government to commission services to meet the health needs and priorities of our region.
Primary health care is recognised as the most effective way to keep communities and individuals healthy and well.
Our purpose is to ensure people of northern Queensland access primary health care services that respond to their individual and community needs, and are relevant to their culture, informed by evidence, and delivered by an appropriately skilled, well-integrated workforce.
We aim to improve health outcomes for all by working with GPs, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, allied health professionals, and organisations specialising in chronic disease management, health promotion, aged care, mental health, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. We also work with secondary care providers, hospitals, and the wider community.