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Intentional self-harm deaths of health professionals in Australia

Released October 2021
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deaths, 2001-2018
deaths per year on average
deaths of registered nurses


Health professionals are employed across a variety of occupations and settings within the health workforce, with over 700,000 health professionals employed throughout Australia. Their work can involve considerable exposure to stress and trauma, and some occupations within this workforce are at elevated risk of suicide.

The intentional self-harm deaths of 619 health professionals were reported to an Australian coroner between 2001 and 2018. The highest number of these deaths were reported in 2015. The majority of deaths were of females, and of those employed in midwifery and nursing occupations.

Data sources

The data was extracted from the NCIS in March 2021. The data set contained every external cause fatality that was reported to an Australian coroner between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2018 where the death was due to intentional self-harm and the person was employed. Cases were included where the coronial investigation had concluded and the case was closed on the NCIS.

See explanatory notes for information on data sources and limitations. For further data, request a data report.

Reporting on suicide

Any reproduction or reporting on this fact sheet or the data contained within it should be aligned with the guidelines provided by Mindframe regarding reporting of suicide.


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