- SPCAP operates across the Whitsunday, Isaac and Mackay Regional Council areas in Queensland
- The Whitsunday Regional Council area is 23 863 square kilometres with a population of approximately 35 000 people
- Isaac Regional Council covers 58 862 square kilometres, with 20 940 permanent residents and approximately 10 580 resource sector temporary residents
- Mackay Regional Council encompasses 7622 square kilometres, with a population of approximately 116 000 people.
- Collectively, the Whitsunday, Isaac and Mackay region’s geographical footprint is greater than the whole of Tasmania
Whitsunday, Isaac and Mackay Region
|Mackay to Bowen:||191 km (2 hrs)|
|Mackay to Clermont:||290km (3 hrs)|
|Mackay to St Lawrence:||159km (2 hrs)|
|Bowen to St Lawrence:||347km (4 hrs)|
|Moranbah to Middlemount:||149km (1.5hrs)|
|Moranbah to Bowen:||323km (3.5hrs)|
SPCAP Background and Description
- SPCAP commenced in January 2017, with funding through North Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN), a Commonwealth commissioning body
- This funding covers operational costs facilitation and support from five part-time staff members who are based across Whitsunday, Isaac and Mackay
- The project is auspiced by selectability, a not-for-profit community mental health organisation which has offices in ten locations across North Queensland (including Mackay)
- SPCAP’s work commenced with development of a Suicide Prevention Plan for the Whitsunday, Isaac and Mackay region. This was undertaken by 14 representatives from across the region, who were nominated at a public community meeting
- The draft plan was publicly endorsed in June 2017 and is now being implemented by 17 nominated representatives
The LifeSpan model was chosen as the basis for a Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region at a public forum on 3 March 2017.
The LifeSpan model is appropriate for this region since it:
- Allows for the alignment of the strategies with local priorities and nuances across the region
- Provides a basis for collaborative activity across the region
- Facilitates the implementation of evidence based strategies that can be evaluated over time
- Assumes the integration of cultural differences and people with lived experience
- Anticipates a reduction in the number of attempts and deaths by suicide across the region
SPCAP Achievements to Date
- Working with SANE Australia as one of two national pilot sites for the Better Off With You media campaign.
- Presentations at NQPHN conference (2019) and Resource Industry Network conference (2018).
- Developed a ‘Saving Lives’ infographic and other resources for regional circulation (over 3000 copies).
- Participated in 12 Days of Mental Health and Wellbeing Christmas Campaign in collaboration with Mackay Hospital and Health Service and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS).
- Recipient of sponsorships through Mackay Freemasons, Hand Heart Pocket and the River to Reef Ride (Oct 2019).
- Hosted two workshops for people with lived experience of suicide and established a Lived Experience Bureau.
- Circulation of monthly Regional Roundup e-newsletter since April 2018 to more than 500 subscribers.
- Working with MHHS Steering Committee for implementation of the Zero Suicide Strategy.
- Development of a Regional Register of suicide prevention and mental health training available across Whitsunday, Isaac and Mackay, which is hosted in collaboration with NQPHN/Health Pathways.
- Hosted annual forums and facilitated participation by service providers in the Mental Health Fair in 2019.
- Collected and collated data from 268 regional respondents to identify if/how people ask for help for mental health concerns.
The Regional Roundup is a space to share what’s happening to prevent suicide in our region. We need this because our best chance of supporting families and saving lives is by working together, making the most of the resources and training we have here and not wasting time and energy on duplication or trying to do it all ourselves.
You’ll also find here an update about on actions taken to progress the strategies in the Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan. The Planning Group meets monthly, works continuously and welcomes your input or feedback into the strategies.
We hope you find this information useful and that you share it with others who can benefit as well. If you have any resources or other information to be shared, or want help with something, please email it through to Shea.
11 Wood Street, Mackay
QLD Australia 4740