Journal article

An Evaluation of the Implementation of the Australian ATAPS Suicide Prevention Services Initiative

Angela Nicholas, Bridget Bassilios, Kylie King, Maria Ftanou, Anna Machlin, Lennart Reifels, Jane Pirkis

JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES & RESEARCH | SPRINGER | Published : 2019

Abstract

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) Suicide Prevention Services initiative is an Australian Government-funded primary mental healthcare initiative providing free intensive psychological intervention for consumers at moderate risk of self-harm or suicide. Findings from a multi-method evaluation aimed at identifying whether the initiative is being implemented as stipulated within the operational guidelines, barriers and facilitators to implementation, and preliminary outcomes suggest that the Suicide Prevention Services are largely being implemented as stipulated in the Guidelines, but with some exceptions. In particular, service delivery barriers unique to rural and remote are..

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