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released: 12 Aug 2004 author: Slaytor E K, Sullivan EA & King J F media release

The 1997-99 report on maternal deaths in Australia is the twelfth in a series of triennial reports on maternal deaths dating back to 1964. Under-ascertainment of maternal mortality is of national concern. In an effort to improve ascertainment of maternal deaths, this report has used two data sources: states and territories confidential maternal death enquiries and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) death data.

ISSN 1449 8863; ISBN 978 1 74024 392 6; Cat. no. PER 24; 113pp.; Internet Only


Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title page and verso
    • List of tables 
    • List of figures 
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgements
    • Abbreviations
    • Key findings 
  • Sections
    • Section A Introduction 
      • Aims of this report 
      • Australian definitions of maternal mortality
      1. Epidemiology of maternal deaths
    • Section B Direct maternal deaths
      1. Direct maternal deaths summary
      2. Obstetric haemorrhage 
      3. Amniotic fluid and air embolism 
      4. Thrombosis and thromboembolism
      5. Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy 
      6. Early pregnancy deaths 
      7. Deaths due to anaesthesia 
      8. Other direct maternal causes of death
    • Section C Indirect maternal deaths
      1. Indirect maternal deaths summary
      2. Cardiac disease 
      3. Deaths from psychiatric causes 
      4. Other indirect causes of maternal death 
    • Section D Incidental maternal deaths
      1. Incidental maternal deaths summary
      2. Incidental causes of maternal death 
    • Section E Other key areas 
      1. Maternal mortality in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
      2. Deaths associated with Caesarean section
      3. Epidemiology of maternal deaths in Australia 1973-99 
      4. Trends in reproductive health and maternity care in Australia, 1991-2000 
      5. International comparisons
      6. Data collection and classification issues
      7. Recommendations for future reporting 
  • End matter
    • Section F Appendices 
      • Appendix 1: Membership of the AIHW National Advisory Committee on Maternal Mortality
      • Appendix 2: Membership of AIHW National Advisory Committee Working Group
      • Appendix 3: Membership of the State and Territory Maternal Mortality Committees 1997-99
      • Appendix 4: Method of enquiry
      • Appendix 5: National Maternal Death Reporting Form
      • Appendix 6: Statistical methods and classifications
      • Appendix 7: Late maternal deaths 
    • References

Recommended citation

Slaytor E K, Sullivan EA & King J F 2004. Maternal deaths in Australia 1997-1999. Maternal deaths series no. 1. Cat. no. PER 24. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 April 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467619>.

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