3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 Quality Declaration 
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ASSAULT (X85-Y09,Y87.1)

Assault (X85-Y09, Y87.1) accounted for 205 deaths in 2008. The deaths from Assault represented 0.1% of all registered deaths and 2.3% of all External causes of death in 2008. Almost twice as many males as females died from Assault in 2008, continuing the trend of the 10 years since 1999. The median age at death for Assault was 40.1 years. Median age at death for males was 39.7 years, compared with 40.4 years for females.

Cause of Death statistics for deaths due to assault may differ from other sources of data due to differences in scope and coverage, but also due to the impact of open coroners cases on ABS data. See Explanatory Notes 70-71 for further information.

4.22 SELECTED UNDERLYING CAUSES(a), Assault (X85-Y09) - 2008(b)(c)(d)

Males
Females
Persons
Proportion of all deaths
Cause of Death and ICD Code
no.
no.
no.
%

Assault (X85-Y09, Y87.1)(e)
126
79
205
0.1
Assault by sharp object (X99)
42
28
70
-
Assault by bodily force (Y04)
28
7
35
-
Assault by unspecified means (Y09)
12
13
25
-

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Causes selected are those with 20 or more deaths at the 3 digit level of ICD-10.
(b) 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.
(c) Causes of death data for 2008 are preliminary and subject to a revisions process. See Technical Note 2: Causes of Death - Revisions Process.
(d) 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.
(e) Includes Sequelae of assault (Y87.1). Care needs to be taken in interpreting figures relating to assault. See Explanatory Notes 70-71 for further details.






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