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Inter-annual rainfall variations and suicide in New South Wales, Australia, 1964-2001

Nichols, Neville, Butler, Colin and Hanigan, Ivan 2006, Inter-annual rainfall variations and suicide in New South Wales, Australia, 1964-2001, International journal of biometeorology, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 139-143, doi: 10.1007/s00484-005-0002-y.

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Title Inter-annual rainfall variations and suicide in New South Wales, Australia, 1964-2001
Author(s) Nichols, Neville
Butler, Colin
Hanigan, Ivan
Journal name International journal of biometeorology
Volume number 50
Issue number 3
Start page 139
End page 143
Publisher Springer Berlin
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2006-01
ISSN 0020-7128
1432-1254
Keyword(s) suicide
drought
Australia
health
climate
Summary The suicide rate in New South Wales is shown to be related to annual precipitation, supporting a widespread and long-held assumption that drought in Australia increases the likelihood of suicide. The relationship, although statistically significant, is not especially strong and is confounded by strong, long-term variations in the suicide rate not related to precipitation variations. A decrease in precipitation of about 300 mm would lead to an increase in the suicide rate of approximately 8% of the long-term mean suicide rate.

Notes SpringerLink Date Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s00484-005-0002-y
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2005, ISB
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009273

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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