This section provides links to research papers, articles and other information developed by the AIHW, collaborators of the AIHW and other subject matter experts. These resources provide more comprehensive discussion and context, and are useful when interpreting the Suicide & self-harm monitoring data.
Professor Nicholas Biddle
Associate Professor Rosemary Korda
Dr Karuna Reddy
28 September 2020
In analysing trends in suicide rates it is important to assess whether changes are genuine or whether they simply reflect expected data variation. In other OECD countries such as the US and the UK it is common practice to assess whether changes in suicide rates are statistically significant. In this paper Biddle et al. assess the statistical properties of the monthly suicide rate in Australia from 2007 to 2018. Over this whole period suicide rates rose nationally and in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia but were flat in other jurisdictions. The authors show that nationally, suicide rates were fairly steady from 2007 to 2010 but rose from 2010 to 2015 and have shown no clear trend since 2015. Overall, this pattern is quite similar for males and females however, death rates for males appear to have been approximately 3 times greater than for females at any given point in time. The authors also find clear seasonal patterns with January and February having the highest suicide rates and April to July having the lowest rates.
This report has accompanying data tables.
PDF | 4Mb
Henley G & Harrison JE
Suicide rates at ages 10 years and older were examined for the Australian men and women born in each 5-year period from 1954–58 to 2004–08. Suicide rates for the most recently-born male cohorts are similar to, or lower than, earlier male cohorts at the same age. Suicide rates for the most recently-born female cohorts are higher than those for earlier female cohorts at the same age.
This report has accompanying data tables and data visualisations in Suicide & self-harm monitoring.
PDF | 2 MB
The National Ambulance Surveillance System (NASS-AOD) is a novel surveillance system for alcohol and other drug related ambulance attendances. This is a collaborative project between Turning Point and jurisdictional ambulance services. The project has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and the Victorian Department of Human Services (Victorian data).
The AOD related ambulance attendances reported by Turning Point provided the basis for the suicide and self-harm related ambulance attendances reporting that is included in Suicide and self-harm monitoring. These reports are provided for context.
National Surveillance System for Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse and Overdose: January – December 2019 Data
Author: Moayeri et al.
Release Date: July 2020
PDF | 4.1MB
National Surveillance System for Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse and Overdose: January – December 2018 Data
Author: Moayeri et al. 2019
Release Date: September 2019
PDF | 4.3MB
National Surveillance System for Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse and Overdose: January - December 2017 data
Author: Moayeri et al. 2018
Release Date: August 2018
PDF | 3.6MB
National Surveillance System for Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse and Overdose: January - December 2016 data
Author: Faulkner et al. 2017
Release Date: September 2017
PDF | 3.1MB
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