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Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2009 Dec;43(12):1126-30. doi: 10.3109/00048670903279861.

Suicide in the Northern Territory, 2001-2006.

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  • 1Centre for Remote Health, Flinders University and Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, NT 0871, Australia. s.pridmore@utas.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of the present study was to characterize suicide in the Northern Territory (NT) for the 6 year period 1 January 2001-31 December 2006.

METHOD:

Suicide death rates by area (Australia, NT), sex, and Indigenous status for the period of 2001-2006 were obtained from the National Coroners Information System through the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. Population figures were obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

RESULTS:

For this period the suicide rate of NT (21.6 per 100 000) was double the national rate ( 11 ), and the rate for NT Indigenous people (36.7) was significantly higher (p < 0.001) than that of NT non-Indigenous people (14.7). There was a decline in the suicide rate for Australia of -8.6%; for NT, -6.3%; for NT non-Indigenous, -3.3%; and for NT Indigenous, -9.0%. The sex difference was significant (p < 0.001) for both Australia and the NT with male subjects having a higher suicide rate than female subjects. With respect to age group, some evidence suggested an earlier peak for NT Indigenous compared to NT non-Indigenous people. Hanging was more common in NT than in the rest of the country and accounted for 87% of Indigenous suicide.

CONCLUSION:

Suicide is more common in NT than in Australia generally, and more common in NT Indigenous than NT non-Indigenous people. There is evidence of a decline in suicide rates across the board.

PMID:
20001411
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