Co-designing suicide prevention interventions with the LGBTI+ community in North-Western Melbourne


As part of the Commonwealth Government‰’s goal of reducing the suicide rate, twelve population based trials for suicide prevention and intervention have been funded across Australia and are being co-designed by Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and their local communities. These trials focus on populations with high rates of suicide. North-Western Melbourne PHN is one of two PHNs in Australia focussing on the LGBTIQ+ community. The aim of the LGBTIQ+ suicide prevention trial is: ‰

  • To co-design with local LGBTIQ+ communities and services a systems-based framework for suicide prevention and intervention that meets the needs of their communities and clients; and, ‰
  • To deliver interventions that fall within this framework
  • To achieve this, a task-force has been established that includes service providers, support and advocacy organisations, community leaders and people with lived experience. The process has involved workshops to identify problems contributing to the disproportionately high rates of suicidality in the LGBTIQ+ community, to develop the aforementioned framework and interventions.

The presentation will include: ‰

  • The progress of the trial to date ‰
  • The processes used to ensure the trial is co-designed and evidence based ‰
  • Subsequent learnings from the trial ‰
  • Discussions about suicidality in LGBTIQ+ Australians and potential interventions


Christopher Schildt |

Christopher is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse who currently works for North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) as a project officer in Suicide Prevention. He has a bachelor of nursing from Victoria University and a post-graduate diploma in Mental Health Nursing from Melbourne University, where he was awarded the Elizabeth Crowther prize for outstanding clinical practice. He is also currently completing his masters in Public Health. He has a wide variety of mental health nursing experience, including working with adolescents, adults and older adults, in both Australia and Switzerland and in both inpatient and community settings.