COTA Suicide Risk and Prevention Workshop (Launceston)

21 June 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Australia/Hobart


4 Invermay Road, Launceston

    This workshop will share information about the risk factors for suicide among older Tasmanians and the role of ageism in social isolation and loneliness. It will equip front line workers and volunteers who work with older Tasmanians to identify and take active steps to prevent suicide and promote health and wellbeing.

    The free workshop is particularly targeted to management and staff of aged care providers, health services and community organisations who engage with older people in our community.

    What will I learn?

    • How to identify and respond to older people at risk of suicide
    • The impacts of social isolation and loneliness on health and wellbeing.
    • Bereavement and grief support referral options.
    • How to work with Tasmania’s Mental Health Communications Charter.
    • Tangible actions and referral pathways.

    Break Out Sessions

    1. Bereavement and grief among older adults (Lifeline Tasmania).
    2. Tasmania’s Mental Health Communication Charter (Mental Health Council of Tasmania).
    3. Loneliness and social isolation among older adults (COTA Tasmania and NARI).

    Keynote Speaker: Dr Meg Polacsek, National Ageing Research Institute

    After many years in corporate communications, Meg became a personal carer in residential aged care. Since then, she has worked in direct care, quality and project management roles in the aged and community sector, and in public health. She completed a Master of Health Science (Aged Services) in 2014. In 2018, she completed a PhD on the self-management of depression in older adults living in the community, for which she received the Victoria University Medal for Academic Excellence.

    While her focus remains on mental health in older adults, her work encompasses a range of projects that aim to improve the overall quality of life of older adults in different settings and circumstances.

    RSVP by Friday 14 June to COTA Tasmania on (03) 6231 3265 or via email to or via Eventbrite. Please advise dietary requirements at time of booking.

    This event is supported by Primary Health Tasmania (Tasmania PHN) under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program.