A Strategic Approach.


Operation Compass aims to combat ex-ADF suicide through eight evidence-based strategies (directions) developed with the support of the Black Dog Institute – Australia’s leading authority on suicide prevention.

The strategies are described as directions and are as follows:

  1. Communicate, educate, participate and build a safety net to respond to suicidality

  2. Strengthen resilience in ex-ADF members, families and carers

  3. Empower help-seeking behaviours

  4. Ex-ADF aware emergency response

  5. Supportive and informed medical response

  6. Health Services providing the best treatment

  7. Ex-ADF connected crisis care and follow up services

  8. Improving safety in Townsville

These strategic approaches to suicide prevention and the enhancement of well-being through transition, connection and adaption to life in Townsville are being delivered by the Operation Compass team through six overarching Campaigns.


Each of the campaigns are led by local expert teams, and each are aligned to the directions developed in partnership with the Black Dog Institute.

Each Campaign is designed to implement best-practice, data and evidence-based programs in order to assist ex-ADF members to transition, connect and adapt.

The six Operation Compass Campaigns