Year: 1999 Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Mental Health Nursing, v.8, no.2, (June 1999), p.65-73 SIEC No: 20031202

This study evaluates an intervention program in its first 2 years of operation in rural Western Australia. The program was effective in producing a systems change within the hospital by implementing a protocol of best practice & in improving the inter-sectoral liaison between community-based referrals & treatment agencies through professional & community education. The early indications suggest a reduction in the rate of hospital admissions for repeated suicide attempts for cases who were managed by the suicide intervention counsellor through a high-intervention approach. (15 refs)