Year: 2000 Source: Australasian Psychiatry, v.8, no.2, (June 2000), p.142-146 SIEC No: 20010080

Findings of an Australian coronial inquiry into suicide & homicide associated with mental illness were reviewed & compared to a report from the United Kingdom. Similar findings emerged from both inquiries. These included recommendations in regard to adequate documentation of illness, the recognition of the role of relatives & caregivers, the optimum use of health care legislation to ensure treatment compliance, & awareness of the availability of newer atypical anti-psychotic drugs. Such recommendations serve as a useful reminder of what good psychiatric practice should provide in contributing to a reduction in suicide & homicide by those with mental illness. (8 refs.)