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The impact of a suicide prevention strategy on reducing the economic cost of suicide in the New South Wales construction industry

Doran, Christopher M., Ling, Rod, Gullestrup, Jorgen, Swannell, Sarah and Milner, Allison 2016, The impact of a suicide prevention strategy on reducing the economic cost of suicide in the New South Wales construction industry, Crisis, vol. 37, pp. 121-129, doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000362.

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Title The impact of a suicide prevention strategy on reducing the economic cost of suicide in the New South Wales construction industry
Author(s) Doran, Christopher M.
Ling, Rod
Gullestrup, Jorgen
Swannell, Sarah
Milner, Allison
Journal name Crisis
Volume number 37
Start page 121
End page 129
Total pages 9
Publisher Hogrefe Publishing
Place of publication Boston, Mass.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0227-5910
Keyword(s) Mates in Construction
cost
economic
prevention
self-harm
suicide
workplace
Summary BACKGROUND: Little research has been conducted into the cost and prevention of self-harm in the workplace. AIMS: To quantify the economic cost of self-harm and suicide among New South Wales (NSW) construction industry (CI) workers and to examine the potential economic impact of implementing Mates in Construction (MIC). METHOD: Direct and indirect costs were estimated. Effectiveness was measured using the relative risk ratio (RRR). In Queensland (QLD), relative suicide risks were estimated for 5-year periods before and after the commencement of MIC. For NSW, the difference between the expected (i.e., using NSW pre-MIC [2008-2012] suicide risk) and counterfactual suicide cases (i.e., applying QLD RRR) provided an estimate of potential suicide cases averted in the post-MIC period (2013-2017). Results were adjusted using the average uptake (i.e., 9.4%) of MIC activities in QLD. Economic savings from averted cases were compared with the cost of implementing MIC. RESULTS: The cost of self-harm and suicide in the NSW CI was AU $527 million in 2010. MIC could potentially avert 0.4 suicides, 1.01 full incapacity cases, and 4.92 short absences, generating annual savings of AU $3.66 million. For every AU $1 invested, the economic return is approximately AU $4.6. CONCLUSION: MIC represents a positive economic investment in workplace safety.
Language eng
DOI 10.1027/0227-5910/a000362
Field of Research 1701 Psychology
2001 Communication And Media Studies
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920410
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Hogrefe Publishing
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081997

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