In Brief


New suicidal behaviour data in men

A world-first study using coded ambulance data found suicidal behaviour among men in Australia is higher than previous estimates, reports beyondblue. The ‘Beyond the Emergency’ project reported 30,197 ambulance attendances for men who had thoughts of suicide or attempted suicide between July 2015 and June 2016. Existing hospitalisation data identified about 10,000 cases annually. There were 112,637 ambulance attendances for men with acute mental health issues; 20% of men had more than one mental health issue and 42% had already had at least one attendance. Read the report at:

Mixed news: antibiotic use and resistance

Overall use of antibiotics in the community fell for the first time in 20 years in 2016 and 2017, but antibiotics are still overused. At least one systemic antibiotic was dispensed under the PBS/ RPBS in 2017 to more than 40% of the Australian population (AURA 2019: Third Aus­tralian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health). The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care report also noted increasing resistance to major drug classes among Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria meningitidis. About half of enterococci samples tested nationally were resistant to vancomycin. Read more at: