Year: 1997 Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, v.21, no.2, (April 1997), p.181-186 SIEC No: 20011100

A regional profile of suicide in Queensland follows on from earlier work which failed to find urban-rural differences in suicide rates. Rates were higher in the north of the state & lower in the more developed south. Rural Queensland health regions displayed both the lowest & the highest suicide rates. Socioeconomic factors correlated with these differences in some regions. Suicide rates for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, especially the young, were high & may have contributed to elevated suicide rates in northern Queensland but the numbers were insufficient to account for observed differences. (10 refs.)