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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 the Technical notes.
The reporting of rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisations by PHN areas can provide localised information to enable PHNs to identify and investigate areas requiring more coordination of care to patients, by working directly with key primary and secondary health care providers and hospitals.
Intentional self-harm hospitalisations, by age and sex, by Primary Health Network areas, Australia, 2020–21.
The distribution plot shows the age-specific rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisations for males and females by all ages and broad age groups (0–24, 25–44, 45–64, 65 and over) for Primary Health Networks (PHNs) in 2020-21. Users can also choose to view horizontal stacked bar charts showing numbers and proportion of intentional self-harm hospitalisations for PHNs by all ages and age groups by sex. Rates for all ages were lowest in the Northern Sydney PHN for males (36.2 per 100,000 population) and South Western Sydney PHN for females (63.5). Rates for all ages were highest in Western Queensland PHN for males (199.7) and for females (363.1).
The rates of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm in 2020–21 varied greatly by PHN area.
In 2020–21, rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisation for females tended to be highest in those aged 24 and below.
In 2020–21, rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisation for males tended to be highest in those aged 25-44.
the Western Queensland PHN area reported the highest rate for males in the 25–44 age group (271 per 100,000 population; 23 hospitalisations) followed by Country SA PHN (269 per 100,000 population; 147 hospitalisations).
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