Journal article

Suicide in welfare support workers: a retrospective mortality study in Australia 2001-2016

Humaira Maheen, Stefanie Dimov, Matthew J Spittal, Tania L King

Occupational and Environmental Medicine | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Employees working in the welfare and healthcare industry have poorer mental health than other occupational groups; however, there has been little examination of suicide among this group. In this study, we examined suicide rates among welfare support workers and compared them to other occupations in Australia. METHODS: We used data from the National Coroners Information System to obtain suicide deaths between the years 2001 and 2016. Using the Australian standard population from 2001 and Census data from 2006, 2011 and 2016, we calculated age-standardised suicide rates and rate ratios to compare suicide rates across different occupational groups. RESULTS: Overall, the age-standard..

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