3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Underlying Cause of Death by Selected ICD-10 Chapters >> Mental and Behavioural Disorders (F00-F99)


In 2009, Mental and behavioural disorders (F00-F99) were identified as the underlying cause of 6,522 registered deaths, representing 4.6% of all registered deaths in 2009.

There were nearly twice as many female deaths (4,130 or 63.3%) due to mental and behavioural disorders than male deaths (2,392 or 36.7%) registered in 2009. The median age at death was higher for females, at 88.9 years, compared with 84.6 years for males.

Dementia (F01, F03) accounted for 5,836 deaths in 2009. These deaths constitute 89.5% of mental and behavioural disorders in 2009, compared with 68.2% in 2000. The sex ratio of 51 males per 100 female deaths has remained relatively steady since 2000, with 1,975 males and 3,861 females dying of this disease in 2009. The median age at death for persons (88.1 years) dying of dementia was higher than the median age for mental and behavioural disorders (87.4 years) as a whole. See Explanatory Note 74 for further information.

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