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Please carefully consider your needs when reading the following information about suicide and self-harm. If this material raises concerns for you contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or see other ways you can seek help.
The information included here places an emphasis on data, and as such, can appear to depersonalise the pain and loss behind the statistics. The AIHW acknowledges the individuals, families and communities affected by suicide each year in Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that information relating to Indigenous suicide and self-harm is included.
The AIHW supports the use of the Mindframe guidelines on responsible, accurate and safe suicide and self-harm reporting. Please consider these guidelines when reporting on statistics on the monitoring of suicide and self-harm.
Where people live can impact on their risk of suicide and also their access to services. Reporting rates or numbers of deaths by suicide at Primary Health Network (PHN) areas allows for more localised information that may provide a better understanding of the incidence of deaths by suicide in the local community and allow clinicians, policymakers and researchers to better plan services or suicide prevention activities.
PHNs are organisations that connect health services across a specific geographic area (PHN areas). There are 31 PHN areas that cover the whole of Australia with the boundaries defined by the Australian Government Department of Health. For further information on how the statistics reported here were calculated see Technical notes.
Suicide deaths by Primary Health Network areas, Australia, 2010 to 2020.
The line graph shows the age-standardised rates of suicide for Australia and the Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) area from 2010 to 2020. Unlabelled and greyed rates for other PHNs are also displayed on the graph to show the range of rates across all 31 PHNs in Australia from 2010 to 2020. Users can choose to view age-standardised rates and numbers of deaths by suicide by selected PHN. From 2010 to 2020, the age-standardised rates of deaths by suicide across PHN areas generally ranged between 5.5 and 22.3 per 100,000 population with the Australian rate ranging between 10.5 and 13.2 over the same period.
Data are not published for PHN areas where there are small numbers of deaths by suicide due to privacy and confidentiality concerns or other concerns about the quality of the data (for example, age-standardised rates cannot be published for Western Queensland for most years).
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