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The Joint Regional Plan for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services is the result of extensive consultation with a range of stakeholders and builds on a strong partnership between Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) and Gold Coast Health.
The Joint Regional Plan, which was officially launched in July 2020, was informed by people with a lived experience, service providers, clinicians and community stakeholders and details a shared understanding of the issues our region faces, a shared vision for the future and a joint strategic roadmap for future service provision.
GCPHN and Gold Coast Health have continued to engage with stakeholders and progress a range of activities against the strategic roadmaps outlined in the Joint Regional Plan. Our Implementation Report – July 2021 shows how over the last 12 months we have transitioned to the implementation phase. This report is part of GCPHN and Gold Coast Health’s ongoing commitment to open communication and highlights key activities that GCPHN and Gold Coast Health have progressed under the Joint Regional Plan.
GCPHN and Gold Coast Health are focused on ensuring the implementation of the Plan draws on the momentum and enthusiasm that was present during the development. The early years of the plan will focus on building the necessary foundations and partnerships: key governance arrangements; a focus on better communication between services and across the system; putting in place local arrangements for supporting and networking; and collecting the necessary data to demonstrate progress against the plan.
To provide leadership and guidance throughout the implementation of the plan, the Strategic Oversight Committee has been established.
The Strategic Oversight Committee meets bi-monthly and provides a platform for leaders and people with lived experience and cultural knowledge to come together as partners, using their specific knowledge and expertise to inform the best ways to achieve the shared outcomes identified in the Joint Regional Plan.
To learn more about the governance groups and meeting outcomes from the planning phase, please view the Joint Regional Plan Development Process.
The development of the Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan (CAP) was undertaken as part of the joint initiative between Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) and Gold Coast Health to develop a Joint Regional Plan for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, and Alcohol and Other Drugs (the Joint Regional Plan) in response to the new Suicide Prevention Strategy outlined by the Australian Government.
Using the LifeSpan framework, this plan aims to bring together lived experience, health services and community efforts to support a holistic approach to suicide prevention on the Gold Coast. The CAP seeks to strengthen relationships and collaboration in the planning, coordination, and implementation of suicide prevention activities and is intended to foster supportive social relationships, encourage effective help-seeking and positive connections to good health services, and support family harmony as well as a sense of purpose and control. As this plan is ambitious and wide-reaching people are encouraged to use it to guide all suicide prevention activities that are planned to increase the coordination and collective impact of our efforts.
This plan is intended to be iterative and ongoing and reflects the importance of a coordinated and continual approach to suicide prevention for our region.
To increase community involvement, individuals or community groups are invited to submit an expression of interest to join the Suicide Prevention Implementation Group and/or to be kept informed about current activities or have an opportunity to submit information.
Members of the Strategic Oversight Committee will work towards the shared outcomes in the Joint Regional Plan through the following responsibilities:
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Would you like to contact us please email GCregionalplan@gcphn.com.au.