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Deaths, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3302.0) Released 25 November 2009
This publication is released annually and presents statistics on deaths and mortality for Australia, states and territories, and sub-state regions. Information on characteristics of the deceased include place of usual residence, age at death, sex, Indigenous status and country of birth. Information is also provided on infant deaths, life expectancy and death rates.
Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3303.0) Released 31 March 2010
This annual publication presents statistics on the number of deaths, for reference year by state or territory of Australia, sex, selected age groups, and cause of death classified to the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases.
  • Causes of Death, Australia: Doctor Certified Deaths, Summary Tables, 2008 (cat. no. 3303.0.55.001) Released 27 November 2009. This annual publication presents causes of death information for the subset of deaths which are certified by a doctor (as opposed to coroner certification). Data is presented for underlying cause of death only, by Australia, and state and territory of usual residence.
  • Causes of Death, Australia: Year of Occurrence, 2008 to be released mid 2010. For previous years, the causes of death data published on a year of occurrence basis have been included in the Causes of Death, Australia release. The 2008 year of occurrence data will be published in a separate release in mid 2010.

Perinatal Deaths, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3304.0) Released 15 April 2010
This annual publication presents statistics on the number of perinatal deaths, for reference year by state and territory of usual residence of Australia, sex and cause of death classified to the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases. Up to and including the 2005 reference year, statistics on perinatal deaths were included in the Causes of Death publication. Since the 2006 reference year, perinatal deaths data has been published separately in the Perinatal Deaths, Australia release.

Recent Developments

Process improvements to coding of coroner certified deaths
Two processing improvements were introduced to the causes of death collection for the release of 2008 preliminary data. These improvements relate to the way the ABS codes coroner certified deaths and have had the effect of significantly improving the quality of cause of death codes assigned to coroner certified cases. The first of the new processes relates to the way that the ABS utilises information from Part 2 of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. The second new process relates to the use of additional information available on the National Coroners Information System (NCIS). Increased resources and time were spent investigating coroners reports to identify specific causes of death. This involved making increased use of police reports, toxicology reports, autopsy reports and coroners findings for both open and closed cases to minimise the use of non-specific causes and intents. For more information about the process improvements, see Technical Note 1: 2008 COD Collection - Process Improvements in Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3303.0).

Revisions process
All coroner certified deaths registered after 1 January 2007 are now subject to a revisions process after 12 and 24 months. The Causes of Death revisions process allows the ABS to code any further information loaded to the NCIS after the preliminary coding took place. For more information, see Technical Note 2: Causes of Death - Revisions Process in Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3303.0).

Scope (time period) of mortality statistics
From the 2007 reference year, the scope (time period) of the collections is:
  • all deaths registered in Australia in the reference year and received by the ABS by the end of the March quarter of the subsequent year; and
  • deaths registered prior to the reference year but not previously received from the Registrar, nor included in any statistics reported for an earlier period.
For more information on the scope of mortality statistics see: Explanatory Notes 3-9 in Deaths, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3302.0); Explanatory Notes 8-14 in Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3303.0); and Explanatory Notes 8-14 in Perinatal Deaths, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3304.0).

Scope of perinatal deaths statistics
The scope of the perinatal death statistics includes all fetal deaths (at least 20 weeks gestation or at least 400 grams birth weight) and neonatal deaths (all live born babies who die within 28 completed days of birth, regardless of gestation or birth weight). For more information on the changes to perinatal scope rules see Explanatory Notes 18-20 in Perinatal Deaths, Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 3304.0).



Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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