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Deliberate self-harm: Clinical practice guidelines and associated resources

Clinical practice guideline for the treatment of deliberate self-harm (2016) [PDF; 1.4 MB]
Guidance on the clinical management of deliberate self-harm (DSH) and on the organisation and delivery of services. 

Key practice points  

  • Improved communication, respect and collaboration in treatment are needed between people who have self-harmed and clinical staff.
  • Risk assessment scales or tools or any other methods of risk stratification are not warranted for determining the need for clinical service or follow-up after hospital-treated DSH.
  • Improved access to aftercare and enhanced provision of information about DSH to patients, carers and the public are warranted.
  • Specialist multidisciplinary teams to manage DSH are likely to enhance service-user experiences and provide greater support and professional development for clinical staff.

Associated resources

Reference guide

RANZCP webinars

The following webinar videos are available on Learnit [RANZCP member log-in required].