In 2004, the Institute opened the Life Promotion Clinic (LPC) at Griffith University. This was the first and remains the only outpatient facility in Australia focused on providing specialised treatment to people with a history of suicidal behaviour. The LPC is a unique place of care and monitoring service for suicide attempters (and an alternative to community mental health and medical model based care), where psychiatrists and psychologists cooperate in providing the highest possible standard of care and management from a variety of different domains. The main goal is the provision of a needs-based holistic approach to care. This includes treatment and clinical research protocols such as a modified version of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and additional and pharmacological treatments. LPC is a formal Training Agency of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and an official site for Advanced Training in Psychotherapy. The Clinic hosts a bi-monthly Seminar Series featuring presentations delivered by experts in the field of suicidology, on topics of current interest to the community and industry stakeholders.
In 2008 the Clinic successfully engaged a Clinical Mental Health Nurse through the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (Australian Government’s Medicare). This position has provided patients with ongoing clinical support in order to facilitate the implementation of treatment plans.
Life Promotion Clinic has been independently funded from 2004 to early 2007 with donations received from members of the Community Action for the Prevention of Suicide and other private donors.
The Life Promotion Clinic also involves the conduct of research into suicidal behaviour and its treatment.
- Rimkeviciene J, Hawgood J, O'Gorman J, De Leo D (2015). Personal Stigma in Suicide Attempters. Death Studies, 10.1080/07481187.2015.1037972
- De Gioannis A, De Leo D (2014). Oral ketamine augmentation for chronic suicidality in treatment-resisting depression. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 48(7):686.
- Kolves K, Arnautovska U, De Gioannis A, De Leo D (2013). Community care of individuals at risk of suicide: the Life Promotion Clinic model. Mental Illness, 5, e12.
- Parker S, De Gioannis A, Page C (2013). Chronic promethazine misuse and the possibility of dependence: A brief review of antihistamine abuse and dependence. Journal of Substance Use18(3):238-241.
Now mostly self-financed the Life Promotion Clinic would greatly benefit from continuing support of members of the community. This would allow the clinic to adequately address the increasing demand in practical suicide prevention work.
Donations are fully tax deductible; they have to be made to the Griffith University Foundation. Please specify that you are contributing to the work of the Life Promotion Clinic.
Life Promotion Clinic Director
Professor David Crompton OAM
Dr Adem Can
Dr Georgiana Antoce
Mr Andre Bauer
Dr Katelyn Kerr
Ms Lucy Kennedy
Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Tuesday and Wednesday 8.00am - 5.00pm
- General Enquiries Phone Number
- (07) 3735 3382
+61 7 3735 3382
- General Enquiries Email
- General Enquiries Fax
- (07) 3735 3450
+61 7 3735 3450
- Location, Delivery and Postal Address
- Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Psychology Building (M24)
Messines Ridge Road
Mt Gravatt Qld 4122