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3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 Quality Declaration 
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MECHANISM BY INTENT - SELECTED CAUSES

The following table presents selected external causes of death by mechanism and intent. It is possible that additional Suicide deaths are contained within the Intent categories of Accidental and Undetermined intent, particularly for the mechanisms of poisoning and hanging (see Explanatory Notes 72-76).

6.5 Selected external causes of death, Mechanism by intent - 2008(a)(b)(c)

Accidental death
Intentional self-harm(d)
Assault
Undetermined intent
Other intent(e)
Total
Mechanism of death
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

Poisonings (X40-X90, X60-X69, X85-X90, Y10-Y19)
622
506
5
393
-
1 526
Hanging (W75-W84, X70, X91, Y20)
208
1 151
15
94
-
1 468
Drowning and submersion (W65-W74, X71, X92, Y21)
159
45
1
57
-
263
Firearms (W32-W34, X72-X74, X93-X95, Y22-Y24)
5
170
19
31
-
225
Contact with sharp object (W25-W29, X78, X99, Y28)
5
43
70
28
-
146
Falls (W00-W19, X80, Y01,Y30)
1 348
121
4
31
-
1 502
Other(f)
2 650
155
92
529
248
3 674
Total
4 997
2 191
205
1 163
248
8 804

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) 2008 data have been subject to process improvements which have increased the quality of these data. See Technical Note 1: 2008 COD Collection - Process Improvements for further information.
(b) Causes of death data for 2008 are preliminary and subject to a revisions process. See Technical Note 2: Causes of Death - Revisions Process.
(c) Data cells with small values have been randomly assigned to protect the confidentiality of individuals. As a result, some totals will not equal the sum of their components. Cells with a zero value have not been affected by confidentialisation.
(d) Includes ICD-10 codes X60-X84 and Y87.0. Care needs to be taken in interpreting figures relating to Suicide due to limitations of the data, see Explanatory Notes 72-75.
(e) Includes Complications of medical and surgical care (Y40-Y84) and Legal intervention and operations of war (Y35-Y36)
(f) Includes sequelae, explosives, smoke/fire/flames, blunt object, jumping or lying before moving object, crashing of motor vehicle, other and unspecified means.



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