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released: 19 Aug 2014 author: AIHW: Johnson S, Bonello MR, Li Z, Hilder L & Sullivan EA. media release

Maternal deaths in Australia 2006–10 is the 15th report on women who die during pregnancy and childbirth. Although maternal deaths are rare in Australia, they are catastrophic events when they do occur and require monitoring and investigation. The report includes information about the women, pregnancy, and cause of death as well as good practice guidance points for clinicians to inform practice improvement.

ISSN 1449-8863; ISBN 978-1-74249-611-5; Cat. no. PER 61; 137pp.; $18

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Maternal mortality rates remained low for Australian women
      • Maternal mortality rates were higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
      • Key causes of direct and indirect maternal deaths in Australia in 2006-2010
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Background to the report
      • 1.2 Purpose of this report
      • 1.3 Aims of this report
    • 2 Definitions, classifications and methods
      • 2.1 Definitions and classifications
      • 2.2 Measuring maternal mortality
    • 3 Maternal deaths in Australia 2006-2010
      • 3.1 Maternal mortality ratio
      • 3.2 State and territory maternal mortality ratio
    • 4 Direct and indirect maternal deaths
      • 4.1 Cardiac disease
      • 4.2 Non-obstetric haemorrhage
      • 4.3 Amniotic fluid embolism
      • 4.4 Thromboembolism
      • 4.5 Obstetric haemorrhage
      • 4.6 Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
      • 4.7 Sepsis
      • 4.8 Influenza in pregnancy
      • 4.9 Early pregnancy deaths
      • 4.10 Deaths due to other causes
    • 5 Deaths related to psychosocial morbidity
      • 5.1 Severe psychosocial maternal morbidity
    • 6 Incidental deaths
      • 6.1 Accidental injury and motor vehicle accident
    • 7 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
      • 7.1 Indigenous women who died between 2006 and 2010
    • 8 Coronial review
      • 8.1 The role of the coroner
    • 9 Quality of maternal death reviews in Australia
      • 9.1 Sources of maternal death notification
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A National Maternal Mortality Advisory Committee membership
      • Appendix B National Maternal Mortality Advisory Committee-Report Working Group membership
      • Appendix C National Maternal Mortality Advisory Committee-Clinical Classifications Working Group membership
      • Appendix D Data quality statement National Maternal Death Report Data Set for 2006-2010
      • Appendix E National Aboriginal Perinatal Reference Group membership
    • Glossary
    • References
    • Related publications
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW: Johnson S, Bonello MR, Li Z, Hilder L & Sullivan EA. 2014. Maternal deaths in Australia 2006-2010. Maternal deaths series no. 4. Cat. no. PER 61. Canberra: AIHW.

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