DSC’s Annual NDIS Conference 2024

Sydney & Online, March 26-27

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Quality & Safeguarding

Support Work

Support Coordination

Free Suicide Intervention Training Available

Team DSC

 We often hear how important suicide prevention skills are for people working in the disability sector so we wanted to spread the word about this opportunity. But first, just a quick note this is not an advertisement nor is the training affiliated with DSC in any way.  We just felt this was important information worth sharing with our readers.

LivingWorks has been awarded state-wide funding by the NSW Ministry of Health, to enable every NSW community member to access the suicide prevention skills training programs free of charge until June 20, 2024. There is also the opportunity for those outside of NSW to access the self-paced e-learning module. 

Here is a bit about the programs:

LivingWorks ASIST

(2 Days, in-person)

LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an international evidence-based suicide intervention skills training program. Participants  learn to complete a full suicide first aid intervention, including a personalised safety plan. This training is said to be appropriate for wellbeing staff, counsellors, or anyone else who is regularly coming in contact with individuals/young people experiencing thoughts of suicide. 

Also available as Indigenous- ASIST (I-ASIST) and LGBTIQ+ ASIST, with the same logistical requirements. Please note that I-ASIST also includes a community consultation of 2 hours on the day before the I-ASIST. 

This training is fully funded for NSW residents. Download brochure here.

LivingWorks SafeTALK

(4 hours, in-person)

SafeTALK empowers everyone to play a role in preventing suicide. Participants learn to identify someone who may have thoughts of suicide, ask the question about suicide directly and safely, and refer these individuals on to an ASIST trained caregiver or community safety connections. SafeTALK addresses common community perceptions and myths around suicide that prevent individuals from acting. SafeTALK can also provide an avenue to discuss internal processes, procedures and referral pathways within the organisation.

SafeTALK is also available as SafeYARN (for Indigenous communities- runs for 5 hours), and LGBTIQ+ SafeTALK with the same logistical requirements.

This training is fully funded for NSW residents. Download brochure here.

LivingWorks Start

(90 mins self-paced, online)

Suicide alertness module. Participants learn how to identify individuals around them who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide, ask the question directly and refer them on to safety connections. This training is evidence-based, and appropriate for anyone over the age of 15. If you are outside NSW, you can still access this training, just contact Tim (see below).

Download brochure here.

LivingWorks also offer:

  • A microsite for your Start licenses. This will provide you with course completion data for individuals who complete the Start course through your link, as well as de-identified evaluation survey results.

  • Start Continued Learning Forums. A 1- 1.5 hour debrief session with one of their experienced ASIST trainers.

This brochure provides an overview of the various LivingWorks programs.

As indicated earlier, this training is completely independent of DSC. Please direct any enquiries directly to LivingWorks by contacting:

Tim Day
[email protected]