Doctor Certified Deaths, Summary Information, 2019
This publication contains summary information on causes of death for deaths certified by a doctor in Australia in 2019.
Deaths certified by a doctor represent only a subset of all deaths. Data in this report are therefore not comparable with those presented in the Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3302.0) and Causes of Death, Australia (3303.0) publications.
Deaths are either certified by a medical practitioner (doctor certified) or a coroner (coroner certified). In Australia, approximately 86%-89% of deaths in any given year are certified by a doctor. Deaths certified by a doctor are usually the result of natural causes, such as cancer or circulatory diseases. Coroners certify the majority of deaths which occur by unknown and external causes (accidents, assaults and suicides). As such, deaths from external causes are not covered in this report.
A complete causes of death dataset for 2019 including both doctor and coroner certified deaths will be published in Causes of Death Australia, 2019 (cat. no. 3303.0). It will contain the full standard set of tables including details on both underlying causes of death and multiple causes of death.