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Are you interested in learning how to increase your engagement with regional and remote communities in Western Australia?

Are you interested in learning how to increase your engagement with regional and remote communities in Western Australia? Join Jo Drayton, Suicide Prevention Coordinator at Holyoake Wheatbelt at the Injury Prevention Summit 2021 as she delivers a breakout session on Success Factors for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion in Regional and Remote Communities: Delivering strength-based community programs: adapting the system to uncover the solutions.  Jo acknowledges that whilst there are many challenges and complexities when working in injury prevention in rural and regional communities, there are also a myriad of creative ways to find place-based solutions to multifaceted complex issues.

Working with, and adapting to, limited resources and the tyranny of distance is only part of the solution. Jo’s workshop will showcase the emergence and development of Community Wellbeing Plans (2-year, place based strategic plans that address mental health and wellbeing, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drug harm minimisation, family and domestic violence and community safety) throughout the Wheatbelt. Community wellbeing plans provide a means for coordinated and collaborative activity across agencies and recognise that we all need to be part of the solution for creating sustainable improvements in individual and community safety.

The workshop will share evidence-based frameworks and strategies, whilst showcasing creative solutions and success stories.

Jo has worked in primary mental health and suicide prevention for two years. Her current position as Wheatbelt Suicide Prevention Coordinator with Holyoake WCADS, encompasses the entire Wheatbelt (200 communities and 43 Local Government Authorities).

Jo is an accredited Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention, Rural Minds and safe TALK facilitator and collaborated with a variety of stakeholders/agencies and communities culminating in the development of Community Wellbeing Plans and Suicide Prevention Action Plans (currently 6 endorsed, 1 in development and 4 Local Governments on the waitlist) within the Wheatbelt.

During this time, Jo has had the opportunity to present at the National and International Conferences about her work in the sector. More recently she has been invited by the Mental Health Commissioner to join a steering committee that is assisting in developing the WA Suicide Prevention Framework 2021 to 2025 and has been appointed as one of WA Representatives on Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) State Committees.

Register now to attend the Injury Prevention Summit 2021: Success in the West on Thursday 25th March 2021 at the Duxton Hotel Perth and learn how you can increase your engagement with regional and remote communities in Western Australia.