Health professionals & suicide

Published today in the Medical Journal of Australia is an article by Milner, Maheen, Bismark and Spittal entitled Suicide by health professionals: a retrospective
mortality study in Australia, 2001 – 2012.

  • Suicide rates for female health professionals were higher than for women in other occupations:
  • Suicide rates for male medical practitioners were not significantly higher than for other occupations, but the suicide rate for male nurses and midwives was significantly higher than for men working outside the health professions;
  • The suicide rate for health professionals with ready access to prescription medications was higher than for those in health professions without such
    access or in non-health professional occupations.

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