The aim of the Suicide Prevention Professional Development Training is to equip allied health clinicians with foundational knowledge and skills which will assist them in working with and effectively engaging populations at risk of suicide and serious self-harm.

The Suicide Prevention Professional Development Training is divided into four topics which contain video and audio presentations, case study demonstrations, interactive learning activities, and a list of useful resources. The four topics of the training are listed below:

Topic 1 - About Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour

Topic 2 - Risk Assessment and Crisis Intervention


Topic 3 - Working with Populations at Risk of Suicide or Serious Self-Harm


Topic 4 - Referrals and Self-Care for the Allied Health Worker


The training also includes an online assessment for each topic which is comprised of a series of multiple choice questions.

Upon completing this training course and after successfully completing the required assessment tasks for each topic, allied health clinicians will be eligible to work under the ATAPS Suicide Prevention Service.

The total time required to complete the online training program is approximately 8 hours and there is no cost involved for eligible ATAPS providers.

Who is Eligible

The following allied health workers who are working with or for Divisions of General Practice and Medicare Locals are eligible to provide services under the ATAPS Suicide Prevention Service:

  • Psychologists;
  • Social Workers;
  • Mental Health Nurses;
  • Occupational Therapists; and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.

Successful completion of the Suicide Prevention Professional Development Training is a mandatory requirement for any allied health professional wanting to provide this ATAPS service. Provisionally registered providers are not eligible to deliver ATAPS suicide prevention services. 

How to register for the training

The Suicide Prevention Professional Development Training is available through the APS eLearning system at no cost to participants or organisations involved in the ATAPS Suicide Prevention Service.

Click here to register for the training.