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Perinatal Deaths
 
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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW
    Perinatal deaths data are provided by the State and Territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The information supplied to the ABS is that contained in the Medical Certificate of Cause of Perinatal Death prepared by the certifying medical practitioner or coroner. For neonatal deaths, there is also a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death which can be cross referenced with the Perinatal Certificate.

    PURPOSE
    Perinatal deaths information coded according to the international Classification of Diseases (ICD) 10th Revision (ICD-10) is used as a basis of research by medical researchers and health professionals.

    SCOPE
    Scope - all perinatal deaths registered in Australia.

    Coverage - perinatal deaths registered with each State/Territory Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework
    Perinatal deaths comprise stillbirths (fetal deaths) and deaths of infants within the first 28 days of life (neonatal deaths). These deaths are defined to include infants and fetuses weighing at least 400 grams or having a gestational age of 20 weeks.

    Main outputs
    Perinatal causes of death are currently coded using the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD10). Causes of death are assigned in terms of the main condition in the fetus/infant and in terms of the main condition in the mother. Perinatal deaths are commonly cross classified by birthweight, gestational age, age group of mother and State or Territory of usual residence of the mother.

    Classifications
    International Classification of Diseases and Related Heaslth Problems, ICD-10
    Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) for usual residence

    Other concepts (summary)

    • adjusted births
    • infant death rate
    • fetal death
    • infant death
    • live births
    • neonatal death
    • perinatal death
    • period of gestation
    • total relevant births
    • stillbirth

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    Australia
    New South Wales
    Victoria
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Western Australia
    Tasmania
    Northern Territory
    ACT
    Statistical Division
    Statistical Subdivision
    Statistical Local Area
    Legal Local Government Area

    Comments and/or Other Regions


    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Annually

    Frequency comments
    Information is collected from the relevant Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages, monthly.

    COLLECTION HISTORY
    Neonatal deaths by cause of death are available back to the early 1900s (from at least 1910). Perinatal deaths (including fetal deaths) were collected from 1973 using ICD 8, ICD 9 and subsequently ICD-10. Each State/Territory office of ABS was responsible for the collection and processing of Perinatal deaths data registered with that State/Territory up until 1993 when this function was centralised in the Queensland office of the ABS.

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments



    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    07/01/2010 01:45 PM



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