COUNTRY OF BIRTH
Almost a third of deaths registered in 2010 (43,100 deaths), were of persons who were born overseas, despite making up only 27% of the resident population in 2010. This reflects the older age structure of the overseas-born population (with a median age of 44.7 years in 2010) compared with the Australian-born population (with a median age of 33.4 years). However, when the older age structure of the overseas-born population is taken into account, migrants generally have lower death rates than the Australian-born population. This is true for nearly all migrant groups.
In 2010, men born overseas had a SDR of 6.0 deaths per 1,000 standard population, 15% lower than the rate for men born in Australia (7.0). Women born overseas had a SDR of 4.3 deaths per 1,000 standard population, 16% lower than the rate for women born in Australia (5.1).
For individual birthplaces, SDRs based on deaths registered in Australia differ markedly. People born in the United States of America, with a rate of 8.1 deaths per 1,000 standard population, recorded the highest SDR of all the countries selected for comparison. People born in the United Kingdom (6.0), Poland (5.8) and New Zealand (5.5) recorded similar rates to that of Australian-born persons (6.0) in 2010. People born in South-East and North-East Asian countries recorded the lowest SDRs in 2010, with the lowest SDR of the selected birthplaces in 2010 being people born in Vietnam (2.8) , which was approximately half the rate for the Australian-born population.
2.9 Standardised death rates(a),
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This page last updated 7 November 2012