KEY CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Causes of Death, Australia, 2015 was released approximately six months earlier than previous reports, allowing more timely access to Australian mortality data. Key factors which influenced the decision to publish data earlier include ongoing improvements to mortality coding practices and more timely availability of key reports on the National Coronial Information System. For more information see A more timely annual collection: changes to ABS processes (Technical Note) in this publication.
Technical notes and an additional data cube containing information on revisions of the 2013 and 2014 reference periods have been added to this release. Revisions are conducted over a three year period, and enable the ABS to improve the specificity of causes for coroner-referred deaths as additional information, including the findings of the coroner, becomes available. Previously published tables that contain time series data have not been updated with revised data for the 2013 and 2014 reference periods.
The 2015 release of Causes of Death, Australia includes several short articles on key topics, including leading causes, dementia, diabetes, cancers, bowel cancer and suicide. Additional articles will be added to this release on an ongoing basis.
The ABS would like to acknowledge and thank the following parties for their contribution to, and ongoing improvement of, Australia's mortality data system: the registries of births, deaths and marriages; the Victorian Department of Justice that manages the National Coronial Information System; and state and territory agencies who manage Australia's coroners' courts.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
It should be noted that a national causes of death unit record file can be obtained through the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (data available on application for legitimate research purposes only).