3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2016  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/09/2017   
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Summary of Findings

Causes of Death, Australia, 3303.0 focuses on the causes of the 158,504 deaths registered in 2016. This issue provides several articles on particular causes or topics (detailed below), as well as comprehensive data cubes covering all causes by key demographics

Leading causes of death

This article provides analysis on Australia's leading causes of death, including changes over time and differences for males and females. Information is also provided on the leading causes of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It also provides information on dementia and bowel cancer deaths.

Drug Induced Deaths in Australia, 2016

This article explores the characteristics of drug induced deaths in Australia in 2016. It includes information on deaths associated with prescription medications and illicit substances, demographic issues, drug groupings and international comparability in relation to drug induced deaths.

Understanding diabetes mortality in Australia

Diabetes is Australia's seventh leading cause of death, accounting for 3% of all deaths in 2016. However, diabetes was mentioned as a contributory factor in 10.4% of all deaths. This article provides information on deaths with diabetes as an underlying cause as well as deaths which might be considered diabetes related. It also provides information on diabetes deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples.

Suicide deaths in Australia

Two articles are provided covering key characteristics of deaths due to intentional self-harm (including age and sex) and suicide deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Cancer deaths in younger Australians - changes over 20 years (release date 8 February, 2017)

This article provides details on cancer deaths in younger Australians (defined as those aged under 40 years), with consideration to how cancer mortality has changed in this demographic over the last 20 years.

Technical note: Causes of death revisions, 2014 Final Data (release date 21 March 2018)

The ABS undertakes a revisions process for coroner-certified deaths over a three year period. This enables the ABS to improve the specificity of causes for these deaths as additional information, including the findings of the coroner, becomes available. This technical note provides a summary of how the revisions process has changed data for the 2014 reference period.

Technical note: Causes of death revisions, 2015 Revised Data (release date 21 March 2018)

The release of 2015 cause of death data occurred approximately 6 months earlier than for previous reference periods. This technical note provides a summary of the impact of the revisions process on the 2015 data, focussing on any changes associated with the different processing schedule for this reference period.

Technical note: Updates to 2014 and 2015 suicide data (release date 21 March 2018)

This technical note presents final 2014 and revised 2015 suicide data, and explores how the revisions process has resulted in changes to suicide counts.