Deaths by suicide, by Primary Health Network areas

Where people live can impact on their risk of suicide and also their access to services. Reporting rates or numbers of deaths by suicide at Primary Health Network (PHN) areas allows for more localised information that may provide a better understanding of the incidence of deaths by suicide in the local community and allow clinicians, policymakers and researchers to better plan services or suicide prevention activities.

PHNs are organisations that connect health services across a specific geographic area (PHN areas). There are 31 PHN areas that cover the whole of Australia with the boundaries defined by the Australian Government Department of Health. For further information on how the statistics reported here were calculated see Technical notes.

Suicide deaths by Primary Health Network areas, Australia, 2010 to 2018.

The line graph shows the age-standardised rates of suicide for Australia and the Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) area from 2010 to 2018. Unlabelled and greyed rates for other PHNs are also displayed on the graph to show the range of rates across all 31 PHNs in Australia from 2010 to 2018. Users can choose to view age-standardised rates and numbers of deaths by suicide by selected PHN. From 2010 to 2018, the age-standardised rates of deaths by suicide in the Adelaide PHN were fairly similar to the Australian rate, between around 11 to 14 deaths per 100,000 population.

How do suicide rates vary among PHN areas?

In 2018:

  • age-standardised rates and numbers of suicides varied across PHN areas, ranging from 7.3 per 100,000 population in the Eastern Melbourne PHN area to 20.1 in the Country WA PHN area
  • the greatest number of deaths by suicide occurred in the Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN (178).

Data are not published for PHN areas where there are small numbers of deaths by suicide due to privacy and confidentiality concerns or other concerns about the quality of the data (for example, age-standardised rates cannot be published for Western Queensland for most years).