Evidence Check – Suicide Aftercare Services

This publication provides principles and recommendations for the implementation and management of universal aftercare. We engaged the Sax Institute to review the evidence on effective universal aftercare services for the years 2019 to 2022.


Evidence Check – Suicide Aftercare Services

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Under the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement, all states and territories have committed to implementing universal aftercare services.

To inform a National Framework for universal aftercare based on best and most current evidence,  the Department procured the Sax institute to undertake a review of evidence on effective universal aftercare measures for the years 2019 to 2022. The Sax Institute conducted a review of the scientific literature and the grey literature, brief consultations, and a survey of all Primary Health Networks. The research was guided by an Academic Advisory Group and a Lived Experience Advisory Group.

The Evidence Check includes four recommendations to address gaps and resourcing and 12 underpinning principles for universal aftercare. Most of the recommendations are being progressively addressed as part of the rollout of universal aftercare.

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