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Australian State and
Territory suicide data 2015
Australian Capital Territory
Number of deaths
NSW, 815
Vic, 654Qld, 746
SA, 236
WA, 394
Tas, 85
NT, 50
ACT, 46
Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by
S...
Age-standardised suicide rates
Australian Capital Territory 2015…
• Recorded the third lowest
age-standardised suicide rat...
New South Wales
Number of deaths
Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by
State and Territory
NSW, 815
Vic, 654
Qld, 746
SA, 236
WA, 394
Tas...
Age-standardised suicide rates
Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in
Australia (per 100,000)
10.6 10.8
15.7
13.4
15....
New South Wales 2015
Across all states and territories,
the suicide rate was higher
outside of capital cities
Over the pas...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander –
New South Wales 2015
Between 2011-2015 in NSW…
• 122 (89 male, 33 female) Aborigin...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander –
New South Wales 2015
The 2015 NSW specific statistics indicated that…
• 41 (31 mal...
Northern Territory
Number of deaths
Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by
State and Territory
NSW, 815
Vic, 654
Qld, 746
SA, 236
WA, 394
Tas...
Age-standardised suicide rates
Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in
Australia (per 100,000)
Northern Territory in 2...
Northern Territory 2015
Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate
by place of usual residence
Across most states and territo...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander –
Northern Territory 2015
The 2015 Northern Territory specific statistics
indicated ...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander –
Northern Territory 2015
Between 2011-2015 in Northern Territory…
• 114 (70 male, 4...
Queensland
Number of deaths
Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by
State and Territory
In Queensland 2015…
• 746 people died by suici...
Age-standardised suicide rates
Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in
Australia (per 100,000)
Queensland 2015…
• Reco...
Queensland 2015
Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate
by place of usual residence
Across all states and territories, the...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander –
Queensland 2015
2015 Queensland specific statistics indicated that…
• 51 (39 male,...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander –
Queensland 2015
Between 2011-2015 in Queensland…
• 218 (166 male, 52 female) Abori...
South Australia
Number of deaths
Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by
State and Territory
NSW, 815
Vic, 654Qld, 746
SA, 236
WA, 394
Tas,...
Age-standardised suicide rates
Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in
Australia (per 100,000)
South Australia 2015…
•...
South Australia 2015
Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate
by place of usual residence
Across all states and territories...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander –
South Australia 2015
Between 2011-2015 in South Australia…
• 43 (26 male, 17 femal...
Tasmania
Number of deaths
Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by
State and Territory
NSW, 815
Vic, 654
Qld, 746
SA, 236
WA, 394
Tas...
Age-standardised suicide rates
Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in
Australia (per 100,000)
Tasmania 2015…
• Record...
Tasmania 2015
Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate
by place of usual residence
Across most states and
territories, the ...
Victoria
Number of deaths
Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by
State and Territory
NSW, 815
Vic, 654Qld, 746
SA, 236
WA, 394
Tas,...
Age-standardised suicide rates
Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in
Australia (per 100,000)
Victoria 2015…
• Record...
Victoria 2015
Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate
by place of usual residence
Across all states and territories,
the s...
Western Australia
Number of deaths
Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by
State and Territory
NSW, 815
Vic, 654Qld, 746
SA, 236
WA, 394
Tas,...
Age-standardised suicide rates
Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in
Australia (per 100,000)
Western Australia 2015…...
Western Australia 2015
Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate
by place of usual residence
Across all states and territori...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander –
Western Australia 2015
The 2015 Western Australia specific statistics indicated th...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander –
Western Australia 2015
Between 2011-2015 in Western Australia…
• 192 (138 male, 54...
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Australian State and Territory suicide data 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 summary of Australian State and Territory data.

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Australian State and Territory suicide data 2015

  1. 1. Australian State and Territory suicide data 2015
  2. 2. Australian Capital Territory
  3. 3. Number of deaths NSW, 815 Vic, 654Qld, 746 SA, 236 WA, 394 Tas, 85 NT, 50 ACT, 46 Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by State and Territory In the Australian Capital Territory in 2015… • 46 people died by suicide (36 male; 10 female), which was a modest increase on the 38 recorded in 2014 • The number of suicide deaths was the lowest across Australia • ACT accounted for 1.5% of all deaths by suicide in Australia in 2015.
  4. 4. Age-standardised suicide rates Australian Capital Territory 2015… • Recorded the third lowest age-standardised suicide rate (11.6 per 100,000) in Australia • The suicide rate was higher than the average age- standardised rate for ACT in the last 10 years (9.6 per 100,000) • The rate was lower than the national age-standardised suicide rate (12.6 per 100,000). 10.6 10.8 15.7 13.4 15.0 16.3 21.0 11.6 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 NSW Vic. Qld SA WA Tas. NT ACT AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) State or Territory Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in Australia (per 100,000)
  5. 5. New South Wales
  6. 6. Number of deaths Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by State and Territory NSW, 815 Vic, 654 Qld, 746 SA, 236 WA, 394 Tas, 85 NT, 50 ACT, 46 In New South Wales in 2015… • 815 people died by suicide in NSW (621 male; 194 female), which was a slight increase on the 795 recorded in 2014 • The number of suicide deaths was highest in NSW (815), followed by QLD (746) and VIC (654) • NSW accounted for almost a third of all deaths by suicide in Australia.
  7. 7. Age-standardised suicide rates Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in Australia (per 100,000) 10.6 10.8 15.7 13.4 15.0 16.3 21.0 11.6 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 NSW Vic. Qld SA WA Tas. NT ACT AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) State or Territory New South Wales in 2015… • Recorded the lowest age- standardised suicide rate (10.6 per 100,000) in Australia • Suicide rate considerably lower than the national age- standardised suicide rate (12.6 per 100,000) • The age-specific suicide rate for men (16.4 per 100,000) which is higher than observed in 2014 (15.6).
  8. 8. New South Wales 2015 Across all states and territories, the suicide rate was higher outside of capital cities Over the past 5 years…. • Modest increase in the suicide rate in Greater Sydney • Larger increase observed regions outside of Greater Sydney. 0.0 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 10.0 12.0 14.0 16.0 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) Greater Sydney Rest of NSW NSW Total Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate by place of usual residence
  9. 9. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – New South Wales 2015 Between 2011-2015 in NSW… • 122 (89 male, 33 female) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people deaths have been attributed to intentional self-harm, which represents 3.3% of all causes of death • For Indigenous Australians in NSW, suicide is ranked 7th in the leading causes of death • The suicide rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (13.6 per 100,000) in NSW was considerably higher than the non-indigenous population (9.5 per 100,000) for the same period.
  10. 10. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – New South Wales 2015 The 2015 NSW specific statistics indicated that… • 41 (31 male, 10 female) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people died by suicide • Suicide was the 4th leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the state, compared to the 18th leading cause of death for non-indigenous • The standardised death rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (23.4 per 100,000) was considerably higher than the non-indigenous rate (10.3 per 100,000).
  11. 11. Northern Territory
  12. 12. Number of deaths Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by State and Territory NSW, 815 Vic, 654 Qld, 746 SA, 236 WA, 394 Tas, 85 NT, 50 ACT, 46 In the Northern Territory in 2015… • 50 people died by suicide (32 male; 18 female), which was a slight decrease on the 54 recorded in 2014 • The number of suicide deaths was second lowest across Australia, only higher than the ACT (46) • NT accounted for 1.7% of all deaths by suicide in Australia in 2015.
  13. 13. Age-standardised suicide rates Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in Australia (per 100,000) Northern Territory in 2015… • Recorded the highest age-standardised suicide rate (21.0 per 100,000) in Australia • The suicide rate was slightly higher than the average age-standardised rate for NT in the last 10 years (19.3 per 100,000) • The rate was higher than the national age-standardised suicide rate (12.6 per 100,000). 10.6 10.8 15.7 13.4 15.0 16.3 21.0 11.6 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 NSW Vic. Qld SA WA Tas. NT ACT AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) State or Territory
  14. 14. Northern Territory 2015 Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate by place of usual residence Across most states and territories, the suicide rate was lower in capital cities compared to regions outside of the capital. In NT in 2015, the rates both in Darwin and the rest of NT were similar. Over the past 5 years…. • There has been an increase in the rate in Greater Darwin, and a decrease in the rate across the rest of NT. 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 30.0 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) Greater Darwin Rest of NT NT Total
  15. 15. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – Northern Territory 2015 The 2015 Northern Territory specific statistics indicated that… • 14 (5 male, 9 female) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people died by suicide • Suicide was the 9th leading annual cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compared to the 4th leading cause of death for non-indigenous.
  16. 16. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – Northern Territory 2015 Between 2011-2015 in Northern Territory… • 114 (70 male, 44 female) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people deaths have been attributed to intentional self-harm, which represents 4.4% of all causes of death • For Indigenous Australians in NT, suicide is ranked 6th in the leading causes of death • The suicide rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (28.2 per 100,000) in NT was considerably higher than the non-indigenous population (14.8 per 100,000).
  17. 17. Queensland
  18. 18. Number of deaths Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by State and Territory In Queensland 2015… • 746 people died by suicide (568 male; 178 female), which was a considerable increase on the 648 recorded in 2014 • The number of suicide deaths was second highest across Australia, slightly less than NSW (815), but more than VIC (654) • QLD accounted for more than a quarter of all deaths by suicide in Australia in 2015. NSW, 815 Vic, 654Qld, 746 SA, 236 WA, 394 Tas, 85 NT, 50 ACT, 46
  19. 19. Age-standardised suicide rates Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in Australia (per 100,000) Queensland 2015… • Recorded the third highest age- standardised suicide rate (15.7 per 100,000) in Australia • The suicide rate was higher than the average age-standardised rate for QLD in the last 10 years (13.4 per 100,000) • The rate was higher than the national age-standardised suicide rate (12.6 per 100,000). 10.6 10.8 15.7 13.4 15.0 16.3 21.0 11.6 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 NSW Vic. Qld SA WA Tas. NT ACT AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) State or Territory
  20. 20. Queensland 2015 Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate by place of usual residence Across all states and territories, the suicide rate was lower in capital cities compared to regions outside of the capital Over the past 5 years…. • The suicide rate in Greater Brisbane has remained relatively stable • There has been an increase in the age-standardised rate observed in regions outside of Greater Brisbane. 0.0 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 10.0 12.0 14.0 16.0 18.0 20.0 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) Greater Brisbane Rest of QLD QLD Total
  21. 21. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – Queensland 2015 2015 Queensland specific statistics indicated that… • 51 (39 male, 12 female) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people died by suicide • Suicide was the 3rd leading annual cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compared to the 9th leading cause of death for non-indigenous • The standardised death rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (25.0 per 100,000) was considerably higher than the non-indigenous rate (15.1 per 100,000).
  22. 22. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – Queensland 2015 Between 2011-2015 in Queensland… • 218 (166 male, 52 female) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people deaths have been attributed to intentional self-harm, which represents 6.1% of all causes of death • For Indigenous Australians in Queensland, suicide is ranked 4th in the leading causes of death • The suicide rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (23.1 per 100,000) in QLD was considerably higher than the non-indigenous population (13.3 per 100,000).
  23. 23. South Australia
  24. 24. Number of deaths Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by State and Territory NSW, 815 Vic, 654Qld, 746 SA, 236 WA, 394 Tas, 85 NT, 50 ACT, 46 In South Australia in 2015… • 236 people died by suicide (174 male; 62 female), which was a slight decrease on the 240 recorded in 2014 • The number of suicide deaths was fifth highest across Australia, following NSW (815), QLD (746), VIC (654) and WA 394 • SA accounted for 7.8% of all deaths by suicide in Australia in 2015.
  25. 25. Age-standardised suicide rates Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in Australia (per 100,000) South Australia 2015… • Recorded the fifth highest age-standardised suicide rate (13.4 per 100,000) in Australia • The suicide rate was lower than the average age- standardised rate for SA in 2014 (14.2 per 100,000) • The rate was also slightly higher than the national age-standardised suicide rate (12.6 per 100,000). 10.6 10.8 15.7 13.4 15.0 16.3 21.0 11.6 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 NSW Vic. Qld SA WA Tas. NT ACT AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) State or Territory
  26. 26. South Australia 2015 Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate by place of usual residence Across all states and territories, the suicide rate was lower in capital cities compared to regions outside of the capital In 2015, the rate in Adelaide was similar to the rest of SA. Over the past 5 years…. • The suicide rate has slightly increased Greater Adelaide and decreased in the rest of SA. 0.0 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 10.0 12.0 14.0 16.0 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) Greater Adelaide Rest of SA SA Total
  27. 27. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – South Australia 2015 Between 2011-2015 in South Australia… • 43 (26 male, 17 female) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people deaths have been attributed to intentional self-harm, which represents 5.3% of all causes of death • For Indigenous Australians in South Australia, suicide is ranked 4th in the leading causes of death • The suicide rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (25.4 per 100,000) in SA was considerably higher than the non-indigenous population (12.4 per 100,000).
  28. 28. Tasmania
  29. 29. Number of deaths Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by State and Territory NSW, 815 Vic, 654 Qld, 746 SA, 236 WA, 394 Tas, 85 NT, 50 ACT, 46 In Tasmania in 2015… • 85 people died by suicide (67 male; 18 female), which was a modest increase on the 69 recorded in 2014 • The number of suicide deaths was third lowest across Australia, only higher than NT (50) and ACT (46) • Tasmania accounted for 2.8% of all deaths by suicide in Australia in 2015.
  30. 30. Age-standardised suicide rates Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in Australia (per 100,000) Tasmania 2015… • Recorded the second highest age-standardised suicide rate (16.3 per 100,000) in Australia • The suicide rate was higher than the average age-standardised rate for TAS in the last 10 years (14.2 per 100,000) • The rate was higher than the national age-standardised suicide rate (12.6 per 100,000). 10.6 10.8 15.7 13.4 15.0 16.3 21.0 11.6 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 NSW Vic. Qld SA WA Tas. NT ACT AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) State or Territory
  31. 31. Tasmania 2015 Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate by place of usual residence Across most states and territories, the suicide rate was lower in capital cities compared to regions outside of the capital Over the past 5 years…. • The suicide rate in TAS has inversed, with Greater Hobart decreasing and the rest of Tasmania increasing. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) Greater Hobart Rest of Tas Tas Total
  32. 32. Victoria
  33. 33. Number of deaths Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by State and Territory NSW, 815 Vic, 654Qld, 746 SA, 236 WA, 394 Tas, 85 NT, 50 ACT, 46 In Victoria in 2015… • 654 people died by suicide (501 male; 153 female), which was similar to the 646 recorded in 2014 • The number of suicide deaths was third highest across Australia, following NSW (815) and QLD (746) • Victoria accounted for almost a quarter of all deaths by suicide in Australia.
  34. 34. Age-standardised suicide rates Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in Australia (per 100,000) Victoria 2015… • Recorded the second lowest age-standardised suicide rate (10.8 per 100,000) in Australia • The suicide rate remained the same as recorded in 2014 • The rate was lower than the national age-standardised suicide rate (12.6 per 100,000). 10.6 10.8 15.7 13.4 15.0 16.3 21.0 11.6 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 NSW Vic. Qld SA WA Tas. NT ACT AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) State or Territory
  35. 35. Victoria 2015 Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate by place of usual residence Across all states and territories, the suicide rate was lower in capital cities compared to regions outside of the capital Over the past 5 years…. • The suicide rate in Greater Melbourne has remained relatively stable • There has been an increase in the age-standardised rate observed in regions outside of Greater Melbourne. 0.0 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 10.0 12.0 14.0 16.0 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) Greater Melbourne Rest of Vic Vic Total
  36. 36. Western Australia
  37. 37. Number of deaths Figure 1 – Number of suicide deaths by State and Territory NSW, 815 Vic, 654Qld, 746 SA, 236 WA, 394 Tas, 85 NT, 50 ACT, 46 In Western Australia 2015… • 394 people died by suicide (292 male; 102 female), which was a modest increase on the 374 recorded in 2014 • The number of suicide deaths was fourth highest across Australia, following NSW (815), QLD (746) and VIC (654) • WA accounted for 13% of all deaths by suicide in Australia in 2015.
  38. 38. Age-standardised suicide rates Figure 2: Age-standardised suicide rates in Australia (per 100,000) Western Australia 2015… • Recorded the fourth highest age-standardised suicide rate (15.0 per 100,000) in Australia • The suicide rate was higher than the average age- standardised rate for WA in the last 10 years (13.5 per 100,000) • The rate was higher than the national age-standardised suicide rate (12.6 per 100,000). 10.6 10.8 15.7 13.4 15.0 16.3 21.0 11.6 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 NSW Vic. Qld SA WA Tas. NT ACT AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) State or Territory
  39. 39. Western Australia 2015 Figure 3: Age-standardised suicide rate by place of usual residence Across all states and territories, the suicide rate was lower in capital cities compared to regions outside of the capital Over the past 5 years…. • The suicide rate in both Greater Perth and the rest of WA has remained relatively stable. 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 AgeStandardisedSuicideRate(per100,000) Greater Perth Rest of WA WA Total
  40. 40. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – Western Australia 2015 The 2015 Western Australia specific statistics indicated that… • 40 (30 male, 10 female) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people died by suicide • Suicide was the 3rd leading annual cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compared to the 10th leading cause of death for non-indigenous • The standardised death rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (40.9 per 100,000) was considerably higher than the non-indigenous rate (13.3 per 100,000).
  41. 41. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – Western Australia 2015 Between 2011-2015 in Western Australia… • 192 (138 male, 54 female) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people deaths have been attributed to intentional self-harm, which represents 8.0% of all causes of death • For Indigenous Australians in Western Australia, suicide is ranked 3rd in the leading causes of death • The suicide rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (40.8 per 100,000) in WA was considerably higher than the non-indigenous population (12.2 per 100,000).
  42. 42. 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
  43. 43. 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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