Australian Bureau of Statistics
3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 1997
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/01/1999
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AIDS-related deaths decrease while deaths from suicide increase
According to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of AIDS-related deaths declined significantly in 1997, continuing the downward trend which began in 1995. There were 279 AIDS-related deaths registered in 1997 compared with 568 in 1996 and 666 in 1995.
On the other hand, the number of suicides in 1997 was the highest ever recorded (2,723), representing a 14% increase on the corresponding 1996 figure. Suicide death rates are highest for people aged 25-44 years. Deaths due to suicides accounted for 2% of all deaths registered in 1997. However, in the 15-24 age group, where overall death rates are low, suicide represents 26% of deaths.
In 1997, suicide due to the use of 'firearms and explosives' decreased by almost 14%, while suicide due to 'hanging, strangulation and suffocation' rose by almost 25%.
The ABS, in its publication Causes of Death, Australia (Cat. No. 3303.0), reports that there were 129,350 deaths registered in 1997, comprising 67,752 male and 61,598 female deaths. Almost half of these deaths were due to cancer (27%) and ischaemic heart disease (22%). In 1997, the standardised death rate for all causes was 624.3, down from 641.5 in 1996. This rate has fallen every year since 1988 when it stood at 752.2.
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