Development of ACROSSnet: an online support system for rural and remote community suicide prevention workers in Queensland, Australia.

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Title Development of ACROSSnet: an online support system for rural and remote community suicide prevention workers in Queensland, Australia.
Author Penn, Danielle L.; Simpson, Lyn; Edie, Gavin; Leggett, Susan; Wood, Leanne; Hawgood, Jacinta; Krysinska, Karolina Ewa; Yellowlees, Peter; De Leo, Diego
Journal Name Health Informatics Journal
Editor Rob Procter
Year Published 2005
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Communication and information technologies can reduce the barriers of distance and space that disadvantage communities in Australia's underserved rural areas, where the health status of residents is often worse than that of their urban counterparts. ACROSSnet (Australians Creating Rural Online Support Systems) is a 3 year collaborative action research project that aims to design and develop an online support system that will assist rural communities in accessing information, education and support regarding suicide and its prevention, whilst considering the challenges of Internet speed, cost and availability that can impede the delivery of online services. The site provides three distinct levels of access: one level for community members, and two further levels for appropriately credentialled mental health workers. In creating this environment, the ACROSSnet team hopes that online communities of practice will develop, engaging participants of different ages, income and education levels, location, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1460458205058755
Volume 11
Issue Number 4
Edition December 2005
Page from 275
Page to 293
ISSN 1460-4582
Date Accessioned 2006-05-02
Date Available 2010-09-24T06:50:08Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Mental Health; PRE2009-Public Health and Health Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4717
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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