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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/04/2006   
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Contents >> Health >> Deaths >> Trends in infant mortality

During the last century, there was a decline in the rates of infant mortality for both Tasmania, and Australia as a whole. In 1903, the infant mortality rate in Tasmania was 110.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, compared to 7.0 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2003. The Tasmanian figure for 1903 was similar to that recorded for Australia as a whole in 1903 (111.4 deaths per 1,000 live births). The Tasmanian figure in 2003 was higher than that recorded for Australia as a whole in 2003 (4.8 deaths per 1,000 live births).

The graph below shows that Tasmania's infant mortality rate was slightly lower than the rate for Australia as a whole in the early part of the 20th century.

Graph: Infant Mortality Rates - 1903-2003

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