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.