IN THIS ISSUE
This publication contains summary statistics on deaths registered in Australia between 2001 and 2010 where the underlying cause of death was classified as Intentional self-harm as per the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases, Version 10 (ICD-10 codes X60-X84, Y87.0). Data for suicide deaths is presented by age, sex, mechanism of suicide, state or territory of Australia (including capital city Statistical Division, other urban and balance of state/territory), country of birth, Indigenous status, and multiple cause of death. The 2010 data presented in this publication are preliminary data and will be subject to a revision process. Revised 2009 and final 2008 cause of death data are also presented in this publication. In addition 2006 cause of death data has undergone a revisions process with final 2006 data presented here. For further information on the revision process see the Explanatory Notes and Technical Note for the publication Causes of Death, Australia, 2010.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The publication Suicides, Australia (ABS cat. no. 3309.0) is an irregular publication last released in 2006. This issue has been developed separately to the previous publication and contains information relevant to current user requirements.
CAUSES OF DEATH REVISIONS
All coroner certified deaths registered after 1 January 2006 are now subject to a revision process. This is a change from previous years where all ABS processing of causes of death data for a particular reference period were finalised approximately 13 months after the end of the reference period. Where insufficient information was available to code a cause of death (e.g. a coroner certified death was yet to be finalised by the Coroner), less specific ICD-10 codes were assigned as required by the ICD-10 coding rules. The revision process enables the use of additional information relating to coroner certified deaths as it becomes available over time. This may result in increased specificity of the assigned ICD-10 codes.
Final data for 2006, 2007 and 2008 and revised data for 2009 is published in this release on a reference year basis. Final 2009 data will also be published in the 2011 Causes of Death release in March 2013. The revisions process only impacts on coroner certified deaths which remain open at the finalisation of ABS processing. See Explanatory Notes 35-39 and Technical Notes, Causes of Death Revisions, 2006 and Causes of Death Revisions, 2008 and 2009.
This publication draws extensively on information provided freely by the state and territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and the Victorian Department of Justice who manages the National Coroners Information System (NCIS). Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of vitals statistics published by the ABS would not be available.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.