3318.0 - Mortality Atlas, Australia, 1997 to 2000
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/12/2002
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Mortality atlas reveals higher death rates in remote Australia
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released an atlas which illustrates the death rates experienced in different regions of Australia, for a range of major causes of death. The maps in the Atlas show that remote areas of Australia experienced higher death rates than the more densely populated areas for cancer, diabetes mellitus, and several other major leading causes.
The information in the atlas is based on more than half a million (512,945) registered deaths in Australia between 1997 to 2000.
Australian Statistician Dennis Trewin said the remote areas of the Northern Territory recorded the highest average annual rates of deaths for malignant neoplasms (cancer), ischaemic heart diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, chronic lower respiratory diseases and influenza and pneumonia, while the Kimberley in Western Australia had the highest death rates for accidents, diabetes mellitus and intentional self harm (suicide). (see Table 1)
"Death rates by gender show males have higher levels of death in most of the main causes of death," he said. (see Table 2)
"Health services planners, demographers, researchers and social geographers in government and private organisations will find the atlas a very valuable resource for understanding relationships between cause of death and location."
The Atlas complements the detailed Cause of Death data published annually by the ABS.
Further details are available in Mortality Atlas Australia (cat. no. 3318.0).
Table 1 - Age Standardised Death Rates (average 1997-2000)
Table 2 - Age Standardised Death Rates (average 1997-2000)
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