Intentional Self-harm Hospitalisations 2007 (provisional)

Published online: 
02 August 2009


This release presents and summarises admissions to hospital for intentional self-harm during 2007, sourced from the New Zealand National Minimum Dataset. The data is provisional.

Key facts from the publication are:

  • Intentional self-harm hospitalisation rates have declined significantly (by 25.6 percent) since 1996.
  • Female rates of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm are approximately twice those for males.
  • In 2007 the age group with the highest number of hospitalisations and the highest age-specific rate for females was the 15 – 19 years age group. However, for males, the rates are similar across the 15 – 44 years age groups.
  • The 2007 hospitalisation rate for intentional self-harm amongst youth showed a decrease of 40.1 percent since 1996.
  • Age-standardised rates of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm for Māori are higher than those for non-Māori (75.1 per 100,000 Māori population compared to 61.6 for non-Māori), with the difference almost entirely due to the difference in male rates.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 August 2009
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-31294-2 (Online)
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2009. Intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2007 (provisional). Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
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