Intentional self-harm hospitalisations by PHN areas

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, 2018–19.

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 New South Wales in 2018-19. The same data can be viewed for each of the other states and territories. 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 Western Sydney PHN for both males (37.9 per 100,000 population) and females (63.2) and highest for males in the Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN (85.1) and for females in the Murrumbidgee PHN (156.7).

How do rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisations vary across PHN areas?

The rates of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm in 2018–19 varied greatly by PHN area.

In 2018–19:

  • the Western Queensland PHN area had the highest rate (329 hospitalisations per 100,000 population), while the Western Sydney PHN area had the lowest rate (50) (Supplementary table NHMD S.7)
  • the greatest number of intentional self-harm hospitalisations were in Brisbane South PHN (nearly 1,800) and the fewest in Western Queensland PHN (around 200).

In 2018–19, rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisation for females tended to be highest in those aged 24 and below.

  • The highest rate of hospitalisation for intentional self-harm for females aged 24 and below was in the Western Queensland PHN area (571 per 100,000 population; 58 hospitalisations).
  • The next highest rate for females aged 24 and below was in the Northern Territory PHN (409 per 100,000 population; 168 hospitalisations).

The highest rates of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm for males tended to be in the older age group, 25–44.

  • The Western Queensland PHN area reported the highest rate for males in the 25–44 age group (306 per 100,000 population; 27 hospitalisations) followed by Country SA (253 per 100,000 population; 138 hospitalisations).