3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Underlying Cause of Death by Selected ICD-10 Chapters >> Mental and Behavioural Disorders (F00-F99)


In 2010, Mental and behavioural disorders (F00-F99) were identified as the underlying cause of 7,030 registered deaths, representing 4.9% of all registered deaths in 2010.

There were nearly twice as many female deaths (4,520 or 64.3%) due to mental and behavioural disorders than male deaths (2,510 or 35.7%) registered in 2010. The median age at death was higher for females, at 88.8 years, compared with 84.9 years for males.

Dementia (F01, F03) accounted for 6,297 deaths in 2010. These deaths constitute 89.6% of mental and behavioural disorders in 2010, compared with 78.9% in 2001. The sex ratio of 49 males per 100 female deaths has remained relatively steady since 2001, with 2,079 males and 4,218 females dying of this disease in 2010. The median age at death for persons (87.9 years) dying of dementia was higher than the median age for mental and behavioural disorders (87.5 years) as a whole. See Explanatory Note 90 for further information.

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