This study, undertaken in partnership with Murray Primary Health Network (PHN), focused on improving emergency and follow-up care for suicidal crisis in the Mildura Local Government Area (LGA). The study identified Indigenous Australians as a key group of users of emergency and follow-up care in the Mildura LGA.
Specific aims of this study were to:
- investigate and map the current system of emergency care and follow-up for those in suicidal crisis in Mildura LGA;
- take account of current recommended practice;
- make recommendations for system improvement.
The study was conducted in two parts:
A) Scoping the current system of emergency and follow-up care for suicidal crisis, in terms of relationships and interconnectedness.
B) Workshops to investigate possible improvements to emergency and follow-up care for suicidal crisis in the Mildura LGA.
The research followed an action research framework whereby findings or outcomes from part A informed the design of part B.