There were 169 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who died from suicide in 2018, equating to a standardised death rate of 24.1 suicide deaths per 100,000 persons (see table below). In 2017, there were 165 suicide deaths at a rate of 24.2. Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
There were 129 male and 40 female suicide deaths in 2018 with standardised death rates of 38.1 and 10.3 respectively. As such the sex ratio (76.3% male, 23.7% female) is very similar to that recorded for all suicide deaths. The median age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide deaths was 31.8 years of age for males and 26.0 years of age for females.
Intentional self-harm features within the ten leading causes of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males and females. For males, it was the second leading cause of death in 2018. For females, intentional self-harm was the seventh leading cause (equal with Cirrhosis and other diseases of the liver, and Diseases of the urinary system).
Five year aggregate death rates for the periods 2009-2013 and 2014-2018 are included in the table below to better enable comparison of rates over time. Between these periods the death rate for males increased from 30.4 to 36.4, while for females it increased from 10.7 to 11.6.