Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002
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Diabetes mellitus is the sixth leading cause of death in Australia, and contributes to significant illness and disability. In 1996 diabetes mellitus was the seventh leading cause of burden of disease in Australia (AIHW 2000a). People with diabetes have reduced life expectancy and are more likely than people without diabetes to experience major health complications involving the eyes, kidneys, nerves and arteries (McCarthy et al. 1996). Population groups at particular risk of diabetes are older people, Indigenous people and some sections of the overseas-born population.
In 1999, diabetes mellitus was the underlying cause of death in 2,947 deaths, 2.3% of all deaths. Of these, 1,485 deaths were males and 1,462 females. The age-standardised diabetes death rate for persons was 14 per 100,000 persons (16 for males and 11 for females per 100,000 persons).
In 1999, the National Diabetes Register was established at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, as part of the National Diabetes Strategy. The register collects information about people who have been diagnosed with insulin-treated diabetes since January 1999. Major objectives of the register are to assist researchers in epidemiological studies of the causes, complications and prevention of diabetes (AIHW 2000a).
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