Suicide risk for Indigenous children 10 times that of others

A STUDY into suicide rates among Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children has revealed they are 10 times more at risk compared with other children living in the state.

The report, to be released today, found the suicide rate among indigenous children aged 5-14 years was 4.61 per 100,000 population, compared to 0.48 per 100,000 in other Australian children of the same age bracket for the period 1994 to 2007.

The report's authors found that that in Queensland during the time period 2000 to 2010 the suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children was 10.15 suicides per 100,000, which was more than 12 times higher than other Australian children aged 10-14 years.

They concluded Indigenous children were significantly more likely to suicide outside of the home, to be living outside of the parental home at time of death, and to be living in remote or very remote areas.

The authors found that compared with other Australian children, Indigenous children were found to consume alcohol more frequently prior to suicide and receive less current and past treatment of psychiatric disorders.


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