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The information included here places an emphasis on data, and as such, can appear to depersonalise the pain and loss behind the statistics. The AIHW acknowledges the individuals, families and communities affected by suicide each year in Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that information relating to Indigenous suicide and self-harm is included.
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 quality of the hospital data provided for Indigenous status varies between states and territories. For further information, see the data quality statement and the Technical notes.
Intentional self-harm hospitalisations, by age, sex and Indigenous status, Australia, 2008–09 to 2020–21.
The line graph shows age-specific rates of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm by age, sex and persons for Indigenous Australians. Users can choose to view age-specific rate, numbers and proportion of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm by sex and Indigenous status for each age group. Rates for young Indigenous females aged 15–19 increased steeply from 683.0 per 100,000 population in 2014–15 to 1164.7 in 2016–17, declined to 1041.8 in 2018–19, before increasing again to 1180.7 in 2019–20 and declining again in 2020–21 to 1132.9. This was the highest rate of all age-groups in 2020–21, well above the next highest rate of 740.3 per 100,000 population for Indigenous females aged 20–24. The rate for all Indigenous females generally increased across the period, with some fluctuations, from 235.5 in 2008–09 to 407.7 in 20209–21.
In 2020–21, the rate of intentional self-harm hospitalisations for Indigenous Australians (326 hospitalisations per 100,000 population) was about 3 times that of non-Indigenous Australians (108).
From 2008–09 to 2020–21:
Over this same period, the Indigenous suicide rate also rose (see, Suicide & Indigenous Australians).
Rates of hospitalisation for intentional self-harm have risen from 2008–09 to 2020–21 for both Indigenous females and males.
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