Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and the impacts on family, friends and communities are profound. Although suicide and intentional self-harm are complex issues, they can be prevented.
The National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring System (the System) has been established as part of the national effort to address suicide and self-harm in Australia. The system will improve the quality, accessibility and timeliness of data on deaths by suicide and on self-harming and suicidal behaviours. It aims to provide a better understanding of suicide and self-harm in Australia by:
- explaining the nature and extent of suicidal and self-harming behaviours
- improving the quality and breadth of data available to help identify trends, emerging areas of concern and to inform responses
- highlighting those at increased risk.
The AIHW respectfully acknowledges those who have died or have been affected by suicide or intentional self-harm. We are committed to ensuring our work continues to inform improvements in both community awareness and prevention of suicide and self-harm. For more information see Principles for the system.
The AIHW is committed to continuous improvement of the System and as such, has engaged the University of Melbourne to conduct an independent evaluation. The Interim report is now available.
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