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2019: Evaluation of the Wesley LifeForce General Practitioner Suicide Prevention Training Program

17 December 2019 The Wesley Report

SPR85415 WLF SPST for GPs Digital 810x540 v1aa94f7cc5cc1da264c969b08795fb338c4cfcc7a9cc143b76664e274f3dd67e1Patients talk to their General Practitioner (GP) about mental health more than any other health issue1. Wesley LifeForce General Practitioner Suicide Prevention Training Program was developed to assist GPs to recognise the signs where a patient may be having thoughts of suicide and to provide the skills and confidence to intervene.

In 2019, Wesley LifeForce commissioned Professor Morton Rawlin to evaluate the program. He found the program to be a useful resource.

“[It’s] a highly valued training process that is accepted by participants as both a training process and program that delivers good skills,” Professor Morton said.

“It allows them to tackle patients with suicidal ideation with more confidence, more planning and overall success for the patient’s outcome.”

 

  1. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. General Practice: Health of the Nation 2019. East Melbourne, Vic: RACGP, 2019.