3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2014 Quality Declaration 
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Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease (F01, F03, G30) was the second leading underlying cause of death in Australia in 2014. The number of deaths due to this cause has increased by 32.9% over the past five years, from 9,003 in 2010 to 11,965 in 2014. Unspecified dementia (F03) and Alzheimer's disease (G30), have increased by 1,986 (38.5%) and 929 (34.3%) deaths, respectively, since 2010, and in combination account for almost all of the increase (98.4%) observed in Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease (F01, F03, G30) deaths when compared with 2010.

Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease accounted for 11,965 deaths or 7.8% of all deaths in Australia. The sex ratio for deaths due to this cause was 52 male deaths per 100 female deaths. Table 2.6 shows the total number of deaths by sex due to Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease from 2010-2014.


2.6 DEMENTIA, INCLUDING ALZHEIMER DISEASE(a), Australia - Selected years - 2010-2014(b)(c)

Males
Females
Persons

2010
2 920
6 083
9 003
2011
3 267
6 597
9 864
2012
3 405
6 962
10 367
2013
3 656
7 277
10 933
2014
4 106
7 859
11 965

(a) Causes listed are the leading causes of death for all deaths registered in 2014, based on the WHO recommended tabulation of leading causes. See Explanatory Notes 34-35 in this publication for further information.
(b) Causes of death data for 2014 are preliminary and subject to a revisions process. See Explanatory Notes 52-54 and the Causes of Death Revisions, 2012 and 2013 Technical Note in this publication.
(c) See Explanatory Notes 68-94 for further information on specific issues relating to 2014 and time-series data.

In the five years from 2010 to 2014, the proportion of deaths due to Ischaemic heart diseases (I20-I25) has decreased from 15.1% to 13.1%, while the proportion of Cerebrovascular diseases (I60-I69) has decreased from 7.8% to 7.0%. Over the same period, the proportion of deaths due to Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease (F01, F03, G30) has increased from 6.3% to 7.8%. This change in leading causes is illustrated in the graph below.


Graph Image for Dementia and Alzheimer, Ischaemic heart and Cerebrovascular diseases, Proportion of Deaths, 2010-2014

Footnote(s): (a) All causes of death data from 2006 onward are subject to a revisions process - once data for a reference year are 'final', they are no longer revised. Affected data in this table are: 2006-2012 (final), 2013 (revised), 2014 (preliminary). See Explanatory Notes 68-94 and the Causes of Death Revisions, 2012 and 2013 Technical Note in this publication.

Source(s): Dementia and Alzheimer, Ischaemic heart and Cerebrovascular diseases, Proportion of Deaths, 2010-2014-Dementia and Alzheimer