Smith, L and Purton, T and Auckland, S and Lees, D and Mond, J, Local evaluation of the Tasmanian component of the National Suicide Prevention Trial - preliminary learnings, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 28, (2) pp. 218-223. ISSN 1038-5282 (2020) [Refereed Article]
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Design: Empowerment and Utilisation-Focus Evaluation theoretical approaches informed the conduct of process evaluation activities, within an overarching participatory action research approach.
Setting: Three participating regions in Tasmania were included as follows: Launceston, the North-West and Break O'Day.
Participants: Working group members, service providers and other relevant stakeholders.
Interventions: Mixed-methods surveys, field observations and content analysis were conducted.
Results: Survey results indicated that most working group members understood the concept of a "systems-based" approach to suicide prevention. Most participants believed that working group structures/functions engaged community members with lived experience, while around half believed that these structures/functions facilitated relationships with local services and that working group action plans adequately addressed issues of capacity building and sustainability. Preliminary field data suggested that awareness raising, engagement and face-to-face capacity-building activities focused on the wider community were preferred to activities targeting specific populations.
Conclusion: These preliminary findings suggest ambivalence among key stakeholders concerning the application of a systems-based approach to suicide prevention in regional areas of Tasmania. Consistent with a participatory action research approach, the findings will inform the evolution of trial site activity for the remainder of the trial and, in due course, the implementation of future such initiatives.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||mixed methodology research, participatory action research, program evaluation, rural and remote mental health, suicide prevention|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Mental health services|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Mental health|
|UTAS Author:||Smith, L (Mrs Laura Grattidge)|
|UTAS Author:||Purton, T (Miss Terry Purton)|
|UTAS Author:||Auckland, S (Mr Stuart Auckland)|
|UTAS Author:||Lees, D (Mr David Lees)|
|UTAS Author:||Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||1|
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