Suicide among people with co-occurring substance misuse and mental illness diagnoses: early insights from the Victorian Suicide Register

  • 10:30 AM
  • CCAMLR Wombat Room, 181 Macquarie Street, Hobart

Presented by Jeremy Dwyer, Coroners Prevention Unit, Victorian Coroners Office

Patients with co-occurring substance misuse 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.

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.

Jeremy Dwyer joined the Coroners Prevention Unit, Coroners Court of Victoria as a case investigator in February 2009. He has assisted Victorian coroners with investigations into a wide range of deaths including suicides, overdoses, deaths in the context of police intervention, and sudden unexplained deaths of infants. He was a core member of the team that designed and built the Victorian Suicide Register, and additionally created the Court’s Overdose Deaths Register. His particular area of interest is the nexus between pharmaceutical drug misuse, poor coordination of care between medical practitioners, and fatal drug overdose.

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 This information session is being held in conjunction with the ATDC Annual General Meeting, commencing at 11:45am