Online learning tool to provide GPs with a pragmatic way to diagnose, treat and follow-up patients at risk of suicide.
Relevance to General Practice
Recognising that suicide prevention was a real area of local need in south west of Australia, the Val Lishman Health Research Foundation (VLHRF) commissioned an assessment of suicide prevention capacity of local front-line services. A survey was undertaken of health professionals the results of which highlighted inadequacies in health professional collaboration, understanding of roles and responsibilities, and active professional development. In particular, three-quarters of general practitioner (GP) respondents had undertaken no suicide prevention training in the past three years, less than half could identify the early warning signs of suicide risk, and less than one-in-ten considered inter-professional collaboration to be effective for suicide prevention. In response to these results, VLHRF approached Edith Cowan University (ECU) to modify an existing suicide prevention training package and specifically tailor it for South West GPs.
- Develop and implement a practice protocol and decision tree for dealing with patients at risk of suicide.
- Assess patients' suicide risk considering the five contributing domains of a biological, cognitive, emotional, behavioural and environmental nature.
- Decide upon a treatment appropriate to level of risk, considering availability, accessibility, acceptibility, efficacy and timeliness.
- Measure patient outcomes to determine if the treatment has diminished patient risk.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Rural health
- Adult health
- Children and young people health
- Men's health
- Women's health
- Psychological health