Self-harm related injury is a major cause of hospitalisation and many young people and their families seek assistance through primary care services in the first instance. This research explores how primary care staff and General Practitioners in particular identify and respond to self-harm in young people, and what knowledge and resources they draw on to do so. The research will make recommendations on how primary healthcare providers can improve their practice and develop information or other educational resources for them. The research will inform policy and capacity-building activities to support this workforce to better identify and respond to self-harm in young people.
Professor Fiona Brooks and Associate Professor Angela Dawson presented this research at the 2017 AAAH Youth Health Conference at UTS on 6 July.