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Between 1997 and 2010, the diabetes-related death rate among all Australians declined by 20%.
Indigenous Australians, people born overseas and people living outside major cities of Australia had higher rates of diabetes-related deaths than the general population.
Diabetes and conditions related to diabetes are among the leading causes of death, illness and disability in Australia (AIHW 2012a; AIHW 2012b). Diabetes has been one of the top 10 causes of death in Australia for some years. Common complications of diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, are also leading causes of death and are included with diabetes in the indicator diabetes-related deaths.
Diabetes-related death rates differ among different population groups. Data are presented on:
Source:AIHW National Mortality Database (NMD). Data are available in Table 2.
Between 1997 and 2010, deaths from diabetes-related causes among overseas born people:
There are two main data sources for this indicator:
For more information on quality of mortality data, please see the 3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2011 quality declaration. The year of registration of death has been used instead of year of death.
These rates are given as the number of deaths per 100,000 population. They are directly age-standardised using the 2001 Australian population.
In each of these population groups:
the rates compare:
Country of birth has been defined based on the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC), as either Australian-born or overseas-born. Australian-born includes the areas Australia, Norfolk Island and Australian External Territories. Overseas-born includes all other areas and those that were not stated or inadequately described.
Geographic areas have been defined using the Remoteness Structure in the ASGC which is based on the ARIA. Three categories are used in this indicator: 'Major cities of Australia', 'Inner regional Australia' and 'Outer regional, remote or very remote Australia'.
Diabetes-related deathsTable 1 below shows which conditions are considered as diabetes-related deaths in this publication and their International Classification of Diseases (ICD–10) code.
Note: ‘Diabetes-related deaths’ is based on the definition of ‘deaths related to diabetes’ used in the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS 1998). The UKPDS definition has been modified by diabetes specialists on the National Diabetes Data Working Group (NDDWG) to include ischaemic heart disease, sequelae of stroke and heart failure, and other commonly recognised complications of diabetes.
Source: AIHW 2007.
AIHW: Dixon T & Webbie K 2006. The National System for Monitoring Diabetes in Australia. Cat. no. CVD 32. Canberra: AIHW.
AIHW 2007. National indicators for monitoring diabetes: report of the Diabetes Indicators Review Subcommittee of the National Diabetes Data Working Group. Diabetes series no. 6. Cat. no. CVD 38. Canberra: AIHW.
AIHW 2012a: Australia’s health 2012. Australia’s health series no. 13. Cat. no. AUS 156. Canberra: AIHW.
AIHW 2012b: Multiple causes of death. Bulletin no. 105. Cat. no. AUS 159. Canberra: AIHW.
Source: AIHW analysis of National Mortality Database (NMD).