Australian Bureau of Statistics
3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/11/2010
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States and territories
Western Australia recorded the lowest IMR in 2009 (3.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births), followed by the Australian Capital Territory (3.5) and Tasmania (3.6). The Northern Territory's IMR of 7.1 was the highest of the states and territories, followed by Queensland (5.4). Some states and territories have experienced volatility in IMRs from year to year, due in part to the decline in the number of infant deaths, resulting in rates based on small numbers.
Infant age at death
In 2009, 42% of all infant deaths occurred within the first day of life, with a further 29% occurring within the first four weeks of life. Until around 1998, numbers of infant deaths at all ages were decreasing. Since then, the numbers appear to have stabilised with year to year volatility.
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