The rise and fall of suicide in New South Wales

Matthew M Large, Olav B Nielssen and Steven M Lackersteen
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02398.x
Published online: 2 March 2009

To the Editor: Between 1997 and 2006, suicide rates fell in all mainland Australian states and territories.1 Despite a rise in the small-population jurisdictions of Tasmania (1997–2006)1 and an earlier rise in the Northern Territory (1981–2002),2 the overall unadjusted national suicide rate has fallen steadily, from 14.7 per 100 000 in 1997 to 9.06 per 100 000 in 2006, the year for which the most recent statistics are available.

  • Matthew M Large1,2
  • Olav B Nielssen1,2
  • Steven M Lackersteen2

  • 1 St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

Steven Lackersteen was supported by a grant from Janssen-Cilag.


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