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Zero Suicide: What does it mean and what could we do here?

While there is great and innovative work occurring in our region, there is more to be done when it comes to suicide prevention.

The Zero Suicide Innovation is a systematic approach to achieving the goal of eliminating suicide in our communities. When applied to a health care system, the Zero Suicide framework is a system-wide organisational commitment to safer suicide care in health care systems with the idea that no suicides should occur when a person is in contact with a health service.

Every day eight people die by suicide in Australia and the Hunter New England region has rates of suicide above the state and national average.

As part of the Towards Zero Suicides Initiatives the NSW Ministry of Health have engaged Professor C. Edward Coffey MD of the Medical University of South Carolina to visit Australia to share his knowledge as one of the leaders who developed the Zero Suicide framework in the USA to support Local Health Districts to develop plans for implementation of new ways of working in line with best practice.

We would like to invite you to an event to hear from Professor Coffey about the Zero Suicide framework and how it could be used to build on the existing strong and exciting work being undertaken in our region. Please register below to secure your place.

For more information about Zero Suicide, visit:


June 20, 2019
9:00am - 11:00am

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Level 4, Mater Mental Health Administration Building, Calvary Mater Newcastle,
Edith Street
Waratah NSW 2298