Suicide in veterinarians and veterinary nurses in Australia: 2001-2012

Milner, A. J., Niven, H., Page, K. and LaMontagne, A. D. 2015, Suicide in veterinarians and veterinary nurses in Australia: 2001-2012, Australian veterinary journal, vol. 93, no. 9, pp. 308-310.

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Title Suicide in veterinarians and veterinary nurses in Australia: 2001-2012
Author(s) Milner, A. J.
Niven, H.
Page, K.
LaMontagne, A. D.ORCID iD for LaMontagne, A. D.
Journal name Australian veterinary journal
Volume number 93
Issue number 9
Start page 308
End page 310
Total pages 3
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 1751-0813
Keyword(s) intentional self-harm
veterinary nurses
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Veterinary Sciences
Summary BACKGROUND: Whether veterinarians have an elevated suicide rate compared with the general population is controversial. METHODS: Reported cases of suicide among veterinarians and veterinary nurses in Australia over the period 2001 to 2012 were investigated in a retrospective case-series study. RESULTS: The standardised mortality ratio of veterinarians (n = 18) was 1.92 (95% CI 1.14-3.03) and that of veterinary nurses (n = 7) to the general population was 1.24 (95% CI 0.80-1.85). Overdosing on drugs (pentobarbitone) was the main method of suicide in these occupations. CONCLUSION: The reasons for veterinary suicides are likely to be multifactorial, including work- and life-related stressors, and individual characteristics. This research highlights the need for targeted suicide prevention and intervention for veterinarians.
Language eng
Field of Research 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID NHMRC 375196
NHMRC 546248
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