Thesis / Dissertation

The application of geo-statistical techniques to explore spatial and temporal patterns of suicide

Yee Tak Cheung, Jane Pirkis (ed.)

Published : 2012


Spatial health inequalities and disease clustering have been explored in many epidemiological studies, including studies of suicide. Previous studies have found evidence of contagion among teenagers and clustering among economically deprived people. Various measures have been proposed to prevent contagion following a suicide, but additional evidence regarding spatial patterns and clustering is essential for preventing these tragic events. This thesis seeks to identify the spatial and temporal patterns of completed suicide in Australia and identify the correlates of those patterns. Four studies were conducted using a variety of geographical and st..

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