3317.0.55.002 - Information Paper: ABS Causes of Death Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2006  
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    Causes of Death statistics, and the use of these statistics for demographic and health purposes, are key to understanding current and future pictures of Australian society and formulation and monitoring of policies. Causes of death information provide insights into the diseases and factors contributing to reduced life expectancy. Causes of death statistics are one of the oldest and most comprehensive set of health statistics available in Australia.

    This information paper gives an overview of the sources and methods used by the ABS to produce causes of death statistics. Related information can be found in Information Paper: External Causes of Death: Data Quality 2005 (cat. no. 3317.0.55.001), released on 11 April 2007.

    The ABS would like to thank the many organisations and individuals who play a part in the production of Australia’s causes of death statistics, with particular thanks to Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages in each State and Territory, the National Coroners Information Service, Doctors, Funeral Directors and Coroners.

    For further information relating to Causes of death, please contact:

    Director, Health and Vitals Statistics
    Australian Bureau of Statistics
    GPO Box 9817
    Phone: (02) 6252 6411
    E-mail: client.services@abs.gov.au
    Facsimile: (02) 6252 7494