Fourth national mental health plan: measurement strategy

NMHP PI 9 Rates of suicide in the community

Page last updated: May 2011

  • Strategic issue - Prevention and Early Intervention.
  • Rationale - Suicide is a leading cause of death among the general population, and people with mental illness are at even greater risk. Suicide rates are a commonly used global indicator of the mental health of the community.
  • Endorsement status - Endorsed by AHMAC Mental Health Standing Committee, February 2011.
  • Date last updated - January 2011.
Indicator details
National Mental Health Performance Framework
Data collection details

Indicator details

  • Description - Proportion of the population for whom suicide was the cause of death.
  • Numerator - Number of people who have died by suicide over five year period.
  • Denominator - Estimated residential population.
  • Computation - (Numerator Denominator) x 100.
  • Calculation conditions
    • Coverage/Scope - All deaths registered as suicide.
  • Presentation - Rate per 100,000 population.
  • Disaggregation - State/Territory, age, sex and indigenous status, subject to sample size.
  • Is specification interim or long-term? - Long-term.
  • Reported in - Similar indicators are reported in the Report on Government Services, and the COAG National Acton Plan Progress Reports (Indicator 4 'The rate of suicide in the community'). Top of page

National Mental Health Performance Framework

  • Tier - Tier I – Health Status and Outcomes
  • Primary domain - Deaths.
  • Type of measure - Outcome.
  • Level at which indicator can be useful for benchmarking - State/Territory.

Data collection details

  • Data source(s)
    • Numerator - ABS Causes of Death.
    • Denominator - ABS Estimated Residential Population.
  • Data source(s) type
    • Numerator - Register.
    • Denominator - Census.
  • Frequency of data source(s) collection
    • Numerator - Annually.
    • Denominator - Annually.