ABS Causes of Death data summary 2015

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has today released its 2015 Causes of Death data - which includes annual national suicide information.

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has developed the following snapshot of information.

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ABS Causes of Death data summary 2015

  1. 1. Suicide Data 2015 Released 28 September 2016
  2. 2. About this summary • The summary was prepared by staff at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health to inform national communication activities under the Mindframe National Media Initiative. • A full summary of data can be found on the Mindframe website at www.mindframe-media.info/for-media/reporting-suicide/facts- and-stats • Mindframe reminds media and communication professionals accessing this summary of the need to be responsible and accurate when reporting on or communicating about suicide. • Resources to support reporting and professional communication are available at www.mindframe-media.info
  3. 3. About this summary • This is a summary of suicide death data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), released on 28 September 2016 in Catalogue 3303.0. • This summary represents major trends in the 2015 (preliminary) data, trends by age group over time and state variations. • As the release of the 2015 preliminary data was earlier than previous years, the data shown here represents 2013 (first revision) and both 2014 and 2015 preliminary data. The first revision of 2014 and final revision of 2013 data will be available in early 2017.
  4. 4. Notes about using statistics • The gap between preliminary and subsequent revisions, has been closing due to the ABS receiving information faster from coronial processes in each state and territory. • ABS advises that care should be taken in comparing 2015 data with: – Previous years, as some data has been subject to a quality improvement process; – Pre-2006 data as this data was not subject to the revision process. • Due to the relatively small numbers of suicides in some states and territories, even one or two deaths can have a significant impact on standardised suicide rates. Thus comparisons across Australia must be done cautiously.
  5. 5. General summary There were 3,027 deaths due to suicide in 2015 at an age-specific rate of 12.7 per 100,000. This equates to and average of 8.3 deaths by suicide in Australia each day. About 76% of those who died by suicide were male, a ratio of more than 3:1. There were 2,292 male deaths at a age-specific rate of 19.4 per 100,000. There were 735 female deaths at a age-specific rate of 6.2 per 100,000. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are approximately twice as likely to die by suicide than non-Indigenous people. In 2015, there were 152 Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander people who died by suicide, at a rate of 25.5 per 100,000. While age-specific suicide rates are lower than the most recent peak in 1997 (14.6 per 100,000) they have increased between 2013 (10.9 per 100,000), 2014 (12.2 per 100,000) and 2015 (12.7 per 100,000).
  6. 6. Preliminary Suicide Rates, 2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80-84 85+ Suiciderate(per100,000) Age category Male Preliminary Female Preliminary
  7. 7. Suicide Rates (1989-2015) 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderates(per100,000) Year Preliminary Male Revised Male Preliminary Female Revised Female
  8. 8. 15-19 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  9. 9. 20-24 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  10. 10. 25-29 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  11. 11. 30-34 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  12. 12. 35-39 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  13. 13. 40-44 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  14. 14. 45-49 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  15. 15. 50-54 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  16. 16. 55-59 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  17. 17. 60-64 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  18. 18. 65-69 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  19. 19. 70-74 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female
  20. 20. 75-79 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female *Note – Statistics available prior to 1997 reported the eldest category as 75 plus. To include this data for illustrative purposes, data here represents 75 or older for all data pre 1997.
  21. 21. 80-84 Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female *Note – Statistics available prior to 1997 reported the eldest category as 75 plus. To include this data for illustrative purposes, data here represents 75+ for all data pre 1997.
  22. 22. 85+ Year olds Age-specific Suicide Rates 1989-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 40.0 45.0 50.0 Suiciderate(per100,000) Year Male Female *Note – Statistics available prior to 1997 reported the eldest category as 75 plus. To include this data for illustrative purposes, data here represents 75+ for all data pre 1997.
  23. 23. Based on the age-standardised death rate from 2015 ABS 3303.0 – Causes of Death, Australia 15.0 per 100,000 21.0 per 100,000 13.4 per 100,000 15.7 per 100,000 10.6 per 100,000 11.6 per 100,00010.8 per 100,000 16.3 per 100,000
  24. 24. Age-standardised death rates by State and Territory 2006-2015 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 35.0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Age-standardisedsuiciderate(per100,000) NSW Vic. Qld SA WA Tas. NT ACT
  25. 25. Mindframe National Media Initiative The Mindframe National Media Initiative aims to encourage responsible, accurate and sensitive representation of mental illness and suicide in the Australian mass media. For more information and to view the range of Mindframe resources, visit: www.mindframe-media.info
  26. 26. Conversations Matter Community and professional resources to guide and support safe and effective conversations about suicide. A range of practical resources are available online at www.conversationsmatter.com.au
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