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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.
Hospitalisations data for patients with intentional self-harm injuries includes those with and without suicidal intent. For further information see Technical notes.
Reporting is based on a patient’s usual residence, not necessarily where they received treatment.
Intentional self-harm hospitalisations, by states and territories, Australia, 2008–09 to 2019–20.
The line graph shows rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisations from 2008–09 to 2019–20 for each state and territory and the total for Australia. Users can also choose to view age-specific rate, numbers and proportion of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm by states and territory by sex and specific age groups. Over the majority of the time period, the Northern Territory had the highest rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisations, except for 2009–2010 where the rates in South Australia (146.8 per 100,000) were slightly higher than Northern Territory (146.6). Rates in the Northern Territory increased from 162.4 per 100,000 population in 2008–09 to 239.9 in 2019–20. In 2019–20, Queensland had the second highest rate at 169.5 hospitalisations per 100,000 population. The total rate for Australia in 2019–20 was 112.9 per 100,000 population.
Throughout 2008–09 to 2019–20, rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisations in Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory were consistently higher than that of the national rate.
From 2008–09 to 2019–20 the highest rates of hospitalisations due to intentional self-harm in Australia were generally in the Northern Territory.
Variation in hospital admission policy and practices between states and territories may have contributed to differences in the reporting of hospitalisation data, for further information see data quality statement.
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