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Suicide among male road and rail drivers in Australia: A retrospective mortality study

Milner, Allison, Page, Kathryn and LaMontagne, Anthony D. 2015, Suicide among male road and rail drivers in Australia: A retrospective mortality study, Road and transport research, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 26-31.

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Title Suicide among male road and rail drivers in Australia: A retrospective mortality study
Author(s) Milner, Allison
Page, Kathryn
LaMontagne, Anthony D.
Journal name Road and transport research
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 26
End page 31
Total pages 6
Publisher ARRB Transport Research
Place of publication Vermont South, Vic.
Publication date 2015-01
ISSN 1037-5783
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Summary Objectives: This paper aims to describe the epidemiology of suicide among males employed in driving occupations (road and rail) compared to other male occupations in Australia. Methods: Suicide cases among road and rail drivers were extracted from a national dataset of occupationally coded suicide cases for the period 2001 to 2010. Suicide rates per 100 000 were calculated and standardised using the Australian standard population (2001). Incidence rate ratios (IRR) with 95% confidence intervals were calculated using Mantell Haenszel rates and compared to all employed suicide cases. Results: The majority of suicides in this occupational category occurred in truck drivers, followed by road and rail drivers. 98% of these suicides were among males; hence only males were included in further analyses. The age-standardised rate of male suicide among Road and Rail drivers over the period 2001 to 2010 was 22.6 per 100 000 (95% CI 19.2 to 25.9). The IRR of suicide in this occupational group compared to other male occupations was 1.42 (95% CI 1.26 to1.60). Conclusions: Suicide among Road and Rail drivers is higher than in the other male occupations. Suicide prevention initiatives addressing these risk factors, while also providing access to treatment for those at risk, are clearly needed.
Language eng
Field of Research 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
111714 Mental Health
0905 Civil Engineering
1507 Transportation And Freight Services
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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