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, 2019–20.

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 2019-20. 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 (37.8 per 100,000 population) and Western Sydney PHN for females (71.5). Rates for all ages were highest in Western Queensland PHN for males (235.8) and Brisbane North PHN for females (221.9).

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

The rates of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm in 2019–20 varied greatly by PHN area.

In 2019–20:

  • the Western Queensland PHN area had the highest rate (317 hospitalisations per 100,000 population), while the Western Sydney PHN area had the lowest rate (56) (Supplementary table National Hospital Morbidity Database NHMD S7)
  • the greatest number of intentional self-harm hospitalisations were in Brisbane South PHN (just over 2,000) and the fewest in Western Queensland PHN (around 200).

In 2019–20, 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 (522 per 100,000 population; 52 hospitalisations).
  • The next highest rate for females aged 24 and below was in the Northern Territory PHN (382 per 100,000 population; 155 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 (335 per 100,000 population; 29 hospitalisations) followed by Northern Territory PHN (280 per 100,000 population; 120 hospitalisations).