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Title: Trends in hospital admissions involving suicidal behaviour in the Northern Territory, 2001-2013.
Authors: Leckning, Bernard A
Li, Shu Qin
Cunningham, Teresa
Guthridge, Steven
Robinson, Gary
Nagel, Tricia
Silburn, Sven
Affiliation: Research Associate, Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT, Australia bernard.leckning@menzies.edu.au..
Senior Epidemiologist, Health Gains Planning Branch, Department of Health, Darwin, NT, Australia..
Research Fellow, Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT, Australia..
Director, Health Gains Planning Branch, Northern Territory Department of Health, Darwin, NT, Australia..
Professor and Director, Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT, Australia..
Associate Professor and Program Leader, Healing and Resilience, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT, Australia..
Professor and Head of Child Education and Development, Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT, Australia..
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Citation: Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2016-06; 24(3): 300-4
Abstract: To investigate trends in hospital admissions involving suicidal behaviour in the Northern Territory (NT) resident population over the period 2001-2013. Estimates of age-standardised rates and average changes in the annual rate of hospital admissions involving suicidal behaviour were calculated by socio-demographic characteristics and types of suicidal behaviour. Overall rates for Indigenous admissions were 2.7 times higher than non-Indigenous admissions and had increased by almost twice as much. While male and female rates of admission were similar for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents, the average annual change in rates was greater for Indigenous females (13.4%) compared to males (8.8%) and for non-Indigenous males (7.7%) compared to females (5.2%). Younger and middle-aged Indigenous admissions experienced increasing rates of admissions, whilst trends were similar across age groups for non-Indigenous admissions. Admissions with a diagnosis of suicidal ideation increased the most across all groups. Trends in intentional self-harm admissions differed according to Indigenous status and sex. There have been substantial increases in hospital admissions involving suicidal behaviour in the NT, most markedly for Indigenous residents. Indigenous females and youth appear to be at increasing risk. The steep increase in suicidal ideation across all groups warrants further investigation.
URI: http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/1/10809
DOI: 10.1177/1039856216629838
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Indigenous
Northern Territory
hospitals
suicidal behaviour
Adolescent
Adult
Age Factors
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Child
Female
Hospitalization
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Northern Territory
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Self-Injurious Behavior
Sex Factors
Suicidal Ideation
Suicide, Attempted
Young Adult
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