3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2013 Quality Declaration 
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KEY CHARACTERISTICS

There were 2,522 deaths from Intentional self-harm (suicide, (X60-X84, Y87.0)) in 2013, resulting in a ranking as the 14th leading cause of all deaths. About three-quarters (74.7%) of people who died by suicide were male, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for males. Deaths due to suicide occurred at a rate of 10.9 per 100,000 population in 2013.

Graph Image for SUICIDES(a), NUMBER OF DEATHS, 2004-2013(b)

Annotation(s): (a) Includes ICD-10 codes X60-X84 and Y87.0. Care needs to be taken in interpreting figures relating to suicide. See Explanatory Notes 87-93. (b) All causes of death data from 2006 onward are subject to a revisions process - once data for a reference year are 'final', they are no longer revised. Affected data in this table are: 2006-2011 (final), 2012 (revised) and 2013 (preliminary). See Explanatory Notes 52-54 and Technical Notes, Causes of Death Revisions, 2006 in Causes of Death, Australia, 2010 (cat. 3303.0) and Causes of Death Revisions, 2011 and 2012 in this publication.

Source(s): Causes of Death, Australia



Suicide as proportion of total deaths

While suicide accounts for a relatively small proportion (1.7%) of all deaths in Australia, it accounts for a greater proportion of deaths from all causes within specific age groups (see graph below). For example, in 2013, over a quarter of deaths of males in the 15-19, 20-24 and 25-29 year age groups were due to suicide (34.8%, 31.0% and 27.0%, respectively). Similarly for females, suicide deaths comprise a higher proportion of total deaths in younger age groups compared with older age groups (26.1% of deaths of 15-19 year olds and 26.3% of deaths of 20-24 year olds).

Graph Image for PROPORTION OF SUICIDES(a) BY SELECTED AGE GROUPS, 2013(b)

Footnote(s): (a) Includes ICD-10 codes X60-X84 and Y87.0. Care needs to be taken in interpreting figures relating to suicide. See Explanatory Notes 87-93. (b) Causes of death data for 2013 are preliminary and subject to a revisions process. See Explanatory Notes 52-54 and Technical Notes, Causes of Death Revisions 2006, in Causes of Death, Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 3303.0) and Causes of Death Revisions 2011 and 2012 in this publication.

Source(s): Causes of Death, Australia