3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/03/2010   
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Australia's National Health Priority Areas are diseases and conditions given focused attention because of their significant contribution to the burden of illness and injury in the Australian community.

Data for 2008 have been positively impacted by process improvements. See Technical Note 1: 2008 COD Collection - Process Improvements for further information. These data are also subject to a revisions process. See Technical Note 2: Causes of Death - Revisions Process for further information.

The eight priority areas are Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, Asthma, Cancer control, Cardiovascular health, Diabetes mellitus, Injury prevention and control, Mental health and Obesity. In 2008, deaths due to the eight National Health Priority Areas accounted for 78% of all underlying causes of death and were either associated with or the underlying cause of 91% of deaths.

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