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3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2011 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Underlying Cause of Death by Selected ICD-10 Chapters >> Diseases of the Nervous System (G00-G99)


Diseases of the nervous system (G00-G99) accounted for 6,741 registered deaths in 2011, representing 4.6% of all registered deaths. This follows a gradual increase in deaths attributable to diseases of the nervous system over time, from 4,622 in 2002. The number of deaths due to diseases of the nervous system was higher for females (3,697) than for males (3,044). The median age at death was 80.5 for males and 85.1 for females.

Deaths from Alzheimer's disease (G30) constituted 44.3% (2,987) of all deaths due to diseases of the nervous system and 2.0% of all registered deaths in 2011. Female deaths (2,049) due to Alzheimer's disease were much higher than male deaths (938), with a ratio of 46 male deaths per 100 female deaths. The median age at death due to Alzheimer's disease was 87.2 years.

Parkinson's disease (G20) accounted for 19.8% of all deaths due to diseases of the nervous system and 0.9% of all deaths registered in 2011. There were 1,334 deaths due to this disease, with a median age at death of 83.6 years. The number of male deaths (800) due to Parkinson's disease was higher than the number of female deaths (534). This was similar to the overall trend for the past 10 years.

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