This article has examined mortality by RA between 2005 and 2010. A range of mortality indicators have been produced, which clearly showed that, a) very remote areas of Australia had consistently higher mortality rates than the other RAs, b) remote, inner and outer regional RAs had higher mortality rates than major cities. These differences declined from 2005 to 2010, for all states and territories, age groups, and for both males and females. An exception is the population aged 80 years and over, which had higher ASDRs in inner and outer regional RAs than in remote and very remote areas.
Analysis of mortality by RA has not been previously published by the ABS. This feature article therefore provides initial exploratory analysis which is illustrative of the patterns in mortality across different categories of RAs in Australia. It is intended that in future, mortality analysis similar to this, will be conducted using deaths based on year of occurrence, which will also allow for the inclusion of Queensland deaths data (which was not included in this study due to the effects of the registration of outstanding deaths in Queensland in 2010). It is hoped that this analysis will encourage further discussion about differences in mortality by RA and the factors underpinning these variations.
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