ATAPS - Additional Support for Patients at Risk of Suicide and Self Harm Demonstration Projects
Since 2008 the Department of Health and Ageing provided additional funding to Divisions of General Practice to offer a more intensive, prioritised service for people who are at risk of suicide (e.g., those who have made a recent suicide attempt, have recently self-harmed, or are having severe suicidal thoughts), who may or may not have a mental disorder. The project has now been extended to the end of the 2010-11 financial year.
- The project is delivered by allied health providers who meet the guidelines of the existing ATAPS program and is not intended to provide long-term intensive support, but to provide immediate treatment (within 24-72 hours following referral) and short term support for patients over a period of acute suicide risk. In most cases this would be for a period of up to 2 months. It includes specific training and support to GPs and allied health professionals.
- The model of care under this pilot includes the additional support of out of clinical hours counselling and call-back services which are provided through the SuicideLine (VIC). This line can be utilised directly by patients in crisis or allied health professionals seeking follow-up for their patients out of their standard working hours. These two clinical services are supported by case management strategies.
- In addition to the pilot, in 2010-11 all Divisions of General Practice will be provided with additional funding to develop infrastructure and referral pathways to specialised allied psychological services for people who have self-harmed, attempted suicide or who have suicidal ideation.
- For further information on the suicide prevention activities in your area, please contact your local Division of General Practice.