3303.0.55.001 - Causes of Death, Australia: Doctor Certified Deaths, Summary Tables, 2011 Quality Declaration 
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DISEASES OF THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM (J00-J99)

Diseases of the respiratory system were the underlying cause of 11,857 doctor certified deaths in 2011, a 5.2% increase from the 11,276 doctor certified deaths in 2010.

Of those deaths due to Diseases of the respiratory system certified by a doctor, 6,167 deaths were male and 5,690 deaths were female. The median age at death for all doctor certified deaths attributed to Diseases of the respiratory system was 83.9 years, an increase from 83.5 years in 2010.

An increase in deaths due to Other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (J44) accounted for over half of the increase observed for doctor certified deaths due to Diseases of the respiratory system. Doctor certified deaths due to this cause increased by 448, from 4,603 deaths in 2010 to 5,051 deaths in 2011.

Table 4 below outlines the number of males and females who died by selected underlying causes of death, as certified by a doctor, and the median age of death.

Table 4. Selected underlying causes of death by sex and median age, 2011(a)

Males
Females
Persons
Median Age at death
Cause of death and ICD-10 code
no.
%
no.
%
no.
years

Infectious diseases (A00-B99)
1 159
51.2
1 103
48.8
2 262
81.5
Cancer (C00-D48)
24 439
56.6
18 777
43.4
43 216
75.4
Blood and immunity disorders (D50-D89)
218
48.4
232
51.6
450
82.4
Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E90)
2 813
48.9
2 943
51.1
5 756
82.5
Mental and behavioural disorders (F00-F99)
2 607
35.4
4 752
64.6
7 359
88.1
Diseases of the nervous system (G00-G99)
2 880
44.7
3 560
55.3
6 440
83.4
Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00-H59)
2
12.5
7
87.5
8
92.3
Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60-H95)
7
87.5
3
12.5
8
84.0
Diseases of the heart and blood vessels (I00-I99)
17 874
44.8
22 050
55.2
39 924
86.4
Diseases of the respiratory system (J00-J99)
6 167
52.0
5 690
48.0
11 857
83.9
Diseases of the digestive system (K00-K93)
2 249
48.5
2 385
51.5
4 634
82.2
Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L99)
182
42.8
243
57.2
425
86.2
Diseases of the muscles, bones and tendons (M00-M99)
360
32.2
757
67.8
1 117
84.4
Diseases of the kidney and urinary system (N00-N99)
1 609
47.5
1 780
52.5
3 389
86.1
Pregnancy and childbirth (O00-O99)
-
na
-
na
-
na
Conditions originating in the perinatal period (P00-P96)
309
56.1
242
43.9
551
0.5
Congenital and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
252
53.4
220
46.6
472
0.9
Ill-defined causes (R00-R99)
112
32.7
230
67.3
342
90.9
External causes (V01-Y98)
784
44.0
999
56.0
1 783
86.8
Total Doctor certified deaths
64 022
49.3
65 971
50.7
129 993
82.8
Total Coroner certified deaths
11 308
66.8
5 631
33.2
16 939
59.4
Total
75 330
51.3
71 602
48.7
146 932
81.5

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
na. not applicable
(a) Data cells with small values have been randomly assigned to protect the confidentiality of individuals. As a result, some totals will not equal the sum of their components. Cells with a zero value have not been affected by confidentialisation.



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