Suicide and intentional self-harm (50+ years)

There were no significant differences in the intentional self-harm hospitalisation rates when comparing Māori with non-Māori of the same sex and age (Table 28).

Suicide mortality rates were also similar between Māori and non-Māori in the 50–64 years age group (RR 0.81, CI 0.47–1.40 for males; RR 0.77, CI 0.31–1.91 for females). In the 65+ years age group, Māori suicide mortality rates cannot be determined due to low numbers.

For further information refer to the Suicide prevention page for the latest publications, statistics and information.

How to interpret results – tables

Table 28: Intentional self-harm and suicide indicators, Māori and non-Māori, by gender
Indicator Males Females
  50–64 years 65+ years 50–64 years 65+ years
  Māori non-Maori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Intentional self-harm hospitalisation, 2007–09, rate per 100,000 73.7
(56.6–95.8)
65.8
(60.4–71.7)
31.8
(15.2–66.5)
32.5
(26.5–39.9)
99.0
(79.8–122.9)
104.7
(97.9–111.9)
38.5
(19.0–78.0)
36.2
(29.8–44.1)
Suicide mortality, 2005–07, rate per 100,000 17.1
(9.4–28.8)
21.1
(18.3–24.2)
15.1
(12.3–18.3)
5.5
(1.8–12.9)
7.2
(5.6–9.1)
4.6
(3.3–6.2)

Sources: National Minimum Dataset (Hospital Events) (MNMDS), Ministry of Health; Mortality Collection (MORT), Ministry of Health

Notes:
Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Hospitalisations are ethnicity-adjusted rates; all other rates use prioritised ethnicity see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.
A dash (–) indicates that the data were unavailable due to low counts.

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