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Procurement of Risk Prevention Framework and Workforce Development
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Open Arms is a leader in the field of veteran suicide prevention and has a clear focus on proactive risk assessment and management based on a foundation of strong clinical governance with ongoing assessment and management of a client’s risk.
Open Arms is reviewing its suicide prevention and clinical risk management framework and policy, including assessment of and response to risk, based on a person-centred approach to risk formulation and intervention planning that includes risk indicators based on population data as well as findings from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare study on Veteran Suicide (AIHW, June 2017, 2018; National Mental Health Commission, March 2017).
The delivery of the successful suicide prevention and clinical risk management framework will include comprehensive training to enable clinical leads, clinicians, lived experience peers and administrative staff to be able support the management of clients with complex needs and/or who are vulnerable or at risk of harm.
As part of the review of suicide and violence prevention and clinical risk management, Open Arms has identified that implementation of the new clinical risk prevention framework will require:
- A process to embed the new framework into Open Arms clinical policies, systems and practices.
- A workforce development program to deliver training to integrate the new framework into regional teams across Australia, including to clinical and lived experience peer personnel in Open Arms centres, and to a wide network of outreach mental health care providers.
- An evaluation of the model and implementation, including user acceptance and effectiveness.
3 year period ending 31 August 2022