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In this presentation Jeremy Dwyer from the Coroners Prevention Unit, Coroners Court of Victoria, reports early findings from the Victorian Suicide Register (VSR) regarding the prevalence and nature of dual diagnosis among Victorian suicides investigated by Victorian coroners, and the circumstances in which the suicides occur.
The presentation focuses particularly on the types of services engaged in treating the dual diagnosis patients, and the implications of the VSR data for designing potential interventions to reduce suicide among those with dual diagnoses.
Patients with co-occurring alcohol and other drug use and mental illness diagnoses (dual diagnosis) present significant challenges for health services, as the substance misuse and mental illness are invariably closely linked and require a range of expertise to deliver effective treatment.
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