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Clinical pathways for suicidality in emergency settings: a public health priority

Kay Wilhelm A B D , Viola Korczak B , Tad Tietze A B and Prasuna Reddy B C
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A School of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia.

B St Vincent’s Urban Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Institute, St Vincent’s Hospital, Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, Australia. Email: vskorczak@gmail.com; tad.tietze@svha.org.au

C School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia. Email: prasuna.reddy@newcastle.edu.au

D Corresponding author. Email kay.wilhelm@svha.org.au

Australian Health Review 41(2) 182-184 https://doi.org/10.1071/AH16008
Submitted: 1 February 2016  Accepted: 1 May 2016   Published: 23 June 2016

Abstract

Rates of self-harm in Australia are increasing and constitute a concerning public health issue. Although there are standard treatment pathways for physical complaints, such as headache, abdominal pain and chest pain, in Emergency Medicine, there is no national pathway for self-harm or other psychiatric conditions that present to the emergency department. Herein we outline the difference between clinical practice guidelines and clinical pathways, discuss pathways we have identified on self-harm in Australia and overseas and discuss their applicability to the Australian context and the next steps forward in addressing this public health issue.

Additional keyword: emergency department.


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