Suicide by health professionals: a retrospective mortality study in Australia, 2001–2012

Nikki R Adler and Kimberley A Adler
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01279
Published online: 19 June 2017

We commend Milner and colleagues on their most important and timely study, which investigated the age-standardised rates and methods of suicide by health professionals compared with other occupational groups.1 They established that suicide rates for female health professionals, including medical professionals, were higher than for women in other occupations. While suicide rates were higher for male nurses and midwives, those for male medical practitioners were not significantly higher compared with other occupational groups.1

  • Nikki R Adler1
  • Kimberley A Adler2

  • 1 Victorian Melanoma Service, Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Barwon Health, Geelong, VIC


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