Suicide decline an ABS 'spin'

The ABS reported suicides in Australia fell by 17% from 12.7 to 10.5 deaths per 100,000 people from 2001 to 2010. It said that although suicide remained the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15–34, rates for males in that age range fell sharply.

But Professor Ian Hickie, executive director of Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Research Institute, accused the ABS of giving a “misleading interpretation” that could have public health consequences.

He said that by focusing on an arbitrary 10-year comparison, the ABS had ignored the fact that suicide rates globally had fallen in the