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released: 30 Jun 2017 author: AIHW media release

This in-brief report summarises results on the incidence of suicide among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel using 15 years of data and identifies characteristics that may be associated with risk of suicide. In 2001–2015 there were 325 certified suicide deaths among people with at least 1 day of ADF service since 2001. Of these deaths 166 occurred in the ex-serving population. Ex-serving men aged 18–24 were at particular risk—2 times more likely to die from suicide than Australian men of the same age. Service characteristics that may be associated with the higher rate of suicide in ex-serving men included: involuntary discharge—particularly medical discharge, short length of service (<1 year) and rank other than a commissioned officer.

ISBN 978-1-76054-148-4; Cat. no. PHE 213; 58pp.; $12

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Publication table of contents

  • Incidence of suicide among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel 2001–2015: In brief summary report
    • Preliminary material
      • Title & verso title pages
      • Contents
      • Acknowledgments
      • Abbreviations
      • Symbols
      • Summary
      • Key findings
      • Ex-serving men have higher suicide rates
      • Risk groups among ex-serving men
    • Body content
      • In Brief Summary Report
        • Background
        • What is the purpose of this study?
        • How was the study conducted?
        • What are the key findings of this study?
        • Discussion
    • End matter
      • Appendix A Methods and technical notes
        • A1 Statistical measures used in this report
        • A2 Data linkage
        • A3 Classifications used for reporting
      • Appendix B Data sources and classifications
        • B1 Data sources
        • B2 Classifications
      • Appendix C Statistical tables
      • Glossary
      • References
      • List of tables
      • List of figures
      • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2017. Incidence of suicide among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel 2001–2015: in brief summary report. Cat. no. PHE 213. Canberra: AIHW.

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