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Hospitalisations data for patients with intentional self-harm injuries includes those with and without suicidal intent. For further information see the Technical notes.
The rates of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm in small geographic areas can provide insight into the incidence of intentional self-harm in local communities.
Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s) is a type of geographical classification defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to provide a regional breakdown of Australia. There are 336 geographical areas which cover states and territories (excluding SA3s associated with overseas territories and other) with boundaries defined by the ABS. Each SA3 generally has a population of between 30,000 and 130,000 people. Allocation to an SA3 for hospitalisation data is based on the patient’s usual place of residence, rather than where they received treatment.
Variations in hospitalisation rates between geographical areas may be due to a range of factors. Crude hospitalisation rates at SA3s should be interpreted with caution as areas with small populations are more sensitive to changes in the number of hospitalisations.
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Intentional self-harm hospitalisations by SA3 areas, Australia, 2019–20.
The map shows the crude rate and number of intentional self-harm hospitalisations for females by all ages for SA3 areas in Australia in 2019-20. Users can also choose to view maps showing the same data for males or for persons by broad age groups (0–24, 25–44 and 45 and over). In 2019–20, rates of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm for females ranged from 36 per 100,000 population in Shoalhaven (New South Wales) to 603 in Alice Springs (Northern Territory). For males, rates ranged from 15 hospitalisations per 100,000 population in Parramatta (New South Wales) to 605 in Caboolture Hinterland (Queensland).
Note: Data behind these maps are available on the Data downloads page: 2020-21 National Morbidity Database – Intentional self-harm hospitalisations.
In 2020–21, rates of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm across the more than 300 SA3s, varied widely.
Rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisations for different age groups also varied widely between SA3s.
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