Journal article

Implementation and evaluation of the Victorian Suicide Register

Georgina Sutherland, Allison Milner, Jeremy Dwyer, Lyndal Bugeja, Alan Woodward, Jo Robinson, Jane Pirkis

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The Victorian Suicide Register (VSR) is a state-based suicide surveillance system that contains detailed information on people who die by suicide and the circumstances surrounding their death. In this paper, we provide an overview of the VSR and then describe the evaluation, which used the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for surveillance system evaluation as a framework. METHODS: The evaluation drew on three data sources to assess whether the VSR: i) embodies the attributes of a good public health surveillance system; and ii) can be used to inform community-based suicide prevention efforts. RESULTS: There was a high level of acceptability and enthusiasm for h..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the Coroners Court of Victoria and especially Ms Samantha Hauge, Chief Executive Officer, for supporting the development and implementation of the VSR. The study was funded by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (1056789) and beyondblue (2012VCoE032). Professor Jane Pirkis is supported by Senior Research Fellowship (1059261) and Dr Jo Robinson is supported by a Early Career Fellowship (1089250), both from the National Health and Medical Research Council.