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Improving outcomes for people with acute mental illness in the emergency department: a data linkage study

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The number of presentations to public emergency departments diagnosed with a mental illness in Australia is increasing. Current data collection systems cause some individuals with mental health problems presenting to an emergency department invisible, potentially compromising health service planning and delivery.

This research aims to understand and inform the emergency care for people with acute mental health problems accessing emergency departments in Queensland.

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“Nearly 1 in 2 adult Australians will experience a mental disorder and some of these people will present to the emergency department for care. To improve treatment and outcomes for this vulnerable group of people, there is a fundamental need to undertake this interagency, collaborative research.”

—Prof Julia Crilly

Grants Awarded

National Health and Medical Research Council

Last updated 31 Jan 2023