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Suicide Prevention (HLTH90009)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeHLTH90009
Term 2 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject explores the theoretical frameworks and available evidence in the field of suicide prevention, regarding the identification and assessment of suicide-related thoughts and behaviours. The subject will dually focus on theoretical knowledge and skills-based acquisition, with a focus on assessment and interventional strategies that are brief and evidence-informed. The language of suicide and definitional issues that exist within the field of suicidology will be explored, as will the ethical aspects of working clinically and undertaking research with suicidal clients. The impact and contribution of psychosocial issues to suicidal crises will be considered, as will the importance of professionals understanding the meaning of self-harming and suicidal behaviours, from the perspective of those engaging in the behaviours. This subject will primarily focus on the integration of theory and practice in assessing and responding to suicidality in the context of the Australian service system.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • understand the service context of suicide prevention;
  • develop an understanding of the social and emotional experience associated with self-harm;
  • understand the assessment of risk;
  • undertake an assessment; and
  • have confidence in an evidence informed response to self-harm.

Generic skills

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • high level written communication skills
  • advanced information and interpretation skills
  • advanced analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
  • demonstrate competence in critical and theoretical thinking through essay writing and online discussions

Last updated: 15 August 2019