The TrackSAFE Foundation and Lifeline Australia today hosted a Rail Suicide Prevention Roundtable for the state of Queensland involving The Hon. Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Mr Ivan Frkovic, the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner.
The Roundtable, held at Queensland’s Parliament House, was the third in a state-based roundtable series for rail suicide prevention. The roundtable series is just one of the initiatives coming out of TrackSAFE and Lifeline’s national partnership established to pursue the joint objective of reducing rail suicides in Australia.
“It was pleasing to see government leaders together with senior representatives from the rail industry, roads, police and mental health sectors as well as those with lived experience come together to participate in today’s important discussions around rail suicide prevention in Queensland,” said Mr Bob Herbert AM Chairman TrackSAFE Foundation.
“The Roundtable was an opportunity to collaborate across the sectors and examine latest research, while identifying ways to reduce the rate of suicide on Queensland’s rail network. Discussions also focused on what is being done to support passengers and staff directly affected by these distressing incidents.
“These incidents not only seriously affect members of the community, but also have a profound and lasting impact on train drivers and other frontline rail employees,” said Mr Herbert AM.
Mr John Brogden, Chairman Lifeline Australia agreed that today’s roundtable was productive in tackling rail suicide prevention in a proactive way.
“Today’s rail suicide prevention roundtable in Queensland brought together key parties to share knowledge and best practice on rail suicide prevention and intervention at a state level. Through this partnership, Lifeline has committed to specifically addressing rail suicide as part of our vision of an Australia free of suicide. We look forward to working with TrackSAFE to progress the outcomes.
“As we’ve seen in other states, by clearly establishing stakeholder roles and responsibilities through the roundtable we can achieve a successful strategy to keep people safe. This national partnership between TrackSAFE and Lifeline takes a collaborative, practical approach to saving lives and we are very pleased with the outcomes of today’s roundtable,” said Mr Brogden.
Queensland Rail proudly sponsored the Rail Suicide Prevention Roundtable.