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released: 7 Mar 2005 author: Draper G, Turrell G & Oldenburg B media release

Despite improvements in the health of Australians over the last century, large mortality inequalities continue to exist between population sub-groups. This report is a statistical reference source that documents mortality inequalities by sex, geographic region, area socioeconomic disadvantage, occupation and country of birth. The report examines the nature and extent of mortality inequalities among infants and children, young adults, working aged adults and older persons during 1998-2000, and where possible, for the period 1985-1987 to 1998-2000.

ISSN 1832 0031; ISBN 978 1 74024 401 5; Cat. no. PHE 55; 174pp.; OUT OF PRINT

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (187K PDF)
    • Title page and verso
    • Contents
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Acknowledgments
    • Funding
    • Steering committee members
    • International collaborators
    • Technical advisor
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary of findings
    • Mortality differences by sex
    • Mortality differences by geographic region
    • Mortality differences by socio-economic disadvantage
    • Mortality differences by occupation
    • Mortality differences by country of birth
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (284K PDF)
      • Background
      • Purpose
      • Indigenous mortality and inequality
      • Structure of this report
    2. Data issues and methods
      • Data sources
      • Causes of death examined
      • Mortality classifications and coding issues
      • Population estimates
      • Sociodemographic indicators
      • Mortality indicators
      • Potential sources of error in the mortality analysis
      • Standard errors and statistical tests
    3. Mortality differences by sex
      • Persons aged 0-14 years
      • Persons aged 15-24 years
      • Persons aged 25-64 years
      • Persons aged 65 years and over
      • Summary and discussion
    4. Mortality differences by geographic region (260K PDF)
      • Persons aged 0-14 years
      • Persons aged 15-24 years
      • Persons aged 25-64 years
      • Persons aged 65 years and over
      • Summary and discussion
    5. Mortality differences by socio-economic disadvantage (295K PDF)
      • Persons aged 0-14 years
      • Persons aged 15-24 years
      • Persons aged 25-64 years
      • Persons aged 65 years and over
      • Summary and discussion
    6. Mortality differences by occupation (265K PDF)
      • Occupational mortality inequalities among persons aged 25-54 years
      • Summary and discussion
    7. Mortality differences by country of birth
      • Persons aged 15-24 years
      • Persons aged 25-64 years
      • Persons aged 65 years and over
      • Summary and discussion
    8. Discussion and conclusions
  • End matter
    • Glossary (209K PDF)
    • References
    • Appendix A
      • Number of deaths for each condition
    • Appendix B
      • Potentially avoidable deaths

Recommended citation

Draper G, Turrell G & Oldenburg B 2005. Health inequalities in Australia, mortality. Health inequalities monitoring series no. 1. Cat. no. PHE 55. Canberra: AIHW.

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