Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Key Facts

Study Load: 2 Days
Location: Hawthorn East, Victoria
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Intake: Quarterly
Fees: $85-425

Course Overview

ASIST – the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop!

We strive to create safer communities by providing training to increase awareness and prevent suicide. Our highly experienced, registered trainers deliver the internationally recognised LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop to equip individuals to assist those at risk of suicide to keep safe and access further support.

“It was excellent to practice having the conversation with someone at risk. It assisted in my confidence, and language used to minimise the negative connotations to suicidality but emphasise their struggle.”

Suitable for anyone above the age of 16, anyone can learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide. We deliver suicide prevention training workshops to mental health and welfare organisations, emergency services, community groups, corporate businesses, and individuals.

Training is delivered over two consecutive days at our head office in Hawthorn East. For larger group bookings, we can come to your office if you have suitable facilities.

What does this course offer?

In the course of the two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
  • Understand the importance of establishing rapport

Click here to view LivingWork’s ASIST Information Sheet.

Course Structure

Delivery Method

This course is delivered from 8.30am until 4.30pm, across two consecutive days. It is run face-to-face at 391-393 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East VIC 3123.
Please note, this course is not accredited for online delivery. Participants are also required to attend the full course in order to be eligible for a certificate of completion – due to this, we are not able to accept anyone who wishes to attend late, depart early or step out of the workshop in addition to any breaks.


Upcoming Course Dates

Additional course dates for 2024 will be released soon. To be notified for when enrolments are open, please submit your interest here.

Please note, this course is subject to receiving a minimum number of enrolments and conditional to Government restrictions implemented at the time of the course. Unfortunately due to the practical nature of the ASIST course, the accreditation body LivingWorks Australia have not allowed for online delivery. In the case we are unable to deliver the course face-to-face, a free course transfer will be available to an alternative course date, or a full refund of the course minus any platform ticketing fees.

Our Trainers

Accredited Master Trainers, Peter Biggs and Karen Richards.

Further Information


Our course fees are inclusive of GST. Participant materials include a 20-page workbook as well as a certificate of completion.

Standard Enrolment: $425
Concession: $382.50
External Students or Cairnmillar Alumni: $250
Cairnmillar Student: $85

Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners and people receiving benefits. Those applying for concessions must provide a copy (photo evidence is accepted) of their social security card, or health care card together with their application, via email to [email protected].


Cairnmillar can offer this or other tailored courses for your organisation’s needs. If you have a group of 10 or more participants, we can come to you. For further information, email the Professional Development Team at [email protected] or phone 03 9813 3400.

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