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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, 2010  
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DEATHS
DEATHS, Western Australia - 2009

Selected indicators
2009
2008
1999

Standardised death rate(a)
5.6
5.9
6.9
Infant mortality rate(b)
Total(c)
3.0
3.5
5.0
Indigenous
7.7
10.1
15.8
Non-indigenous
2.7
3.0
4.3
Median age at death
Males
76.5
76.3
74.3
Females
83.2
83.7
81.5

(a) Deaths per 1,000 standard population. Standardised death rates use total persons in the 2001 Australian population as the standard population.
(b) Number of infants deaths per 1,000 live births registered. Due to relatively small numbers of indigenous infant deaths registered, mortality rates relate to deaths over a three-year period, in this instance 2007-2009; 2006-2008; and 1997-1999.
(c) Includes infants for whom Indigenous status was not provided.
Source: Deaths, Australia, 2009 (cat. no 3302.0).

  • In 2009, the standardised death rate for Western Australia continued to decline, falling to 5.6 from 5.9 in 2008 and 6.9 in 1999.
  • Similarly, the infant mortality rate has also been declining over the past ten years. In particular, the Indigenous infant mortality rate has more than halved over the period (from 15.8 in 1999 to 7.7 in 2009). However the Indigenous rate is still more than double the rate for all infants in the state.
  • The median age at death continues to be higher for females than males in WA by about seven years.


This link takes you to data cubes on the Downloads page of Deaths, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3302.0) including Death rates (1999-2009); Life expectancy and Infant mortality (including some data for the Indigenous population).

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