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released: 18 Dec 2007 author: AIHW media release

Death rates are a useful indicator of the underlying health status of a population. In general, people living in regional and remote Australia have higher death rates than those living in major cities. This report, the eighth in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's rural health series, describes the patterns of death in regional and remote areas and quantifies the difference in death rates amongst people living in major cities and those living outside them.

ISSN 1448 9775; ISBN 978 1 74024 743 6; Cat. no. PHE 95; 362pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (71KB PDF)
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (175KB PDF)
      1. Background
      2. Purpose, scope and structure of this report
      3. Regional and remote Australia
    2. Data methodology and interpretation (65KB PDF)
      1. Methodology
      2. Indigenous mortality
      3. Notes on reading and interpreting the main tables in each chapter
      4. Further developments
    3. All causes of death (157KB PDF)
      1. Broad causes of death
      2. Specific causes of death
    4. Neoplasms (338KB PDF)
      1. Lung cancer
      2. Colorectal cancer
      3. Breast cancer
      4. Cervical cancer
      5. Prostate cancer
      6. Melanoma
      7. All other neoplasms
    5. Diseases of the circulatory system (219KB PDF)
      1. Cerebrovascular disease
      2. Coronary heart disease
      3. All other diseases of the circulatory system
    6. Diseases of the respiratory system (248KB PDF)
      1. Pneumonia and influenza
      2. Asthma
      3. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
      4. All other diseases of the respiratory system
    7. Injury and poisoning (317KB PDF)
      1. Suicide
      2. Interpersonal violence
      3. Falls
      4. Motor vehicle traffic accidents
      5. Other land transport accidents
      6. Other injuries and poisoning
    8. Other causes of death (244KB PDF)
      1. Diabetes
      2. Renal failure
      3. Liver disease
      4. All other causes
    9. Coastal/inland supplement (172KB PDF)
      1. Introduction
      2. Coastal classifications
      3. Demographic characteristics of coastal and inland populations
      4. Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous Australian populations
      5. Socioeconomic status
      6. Mortality in coastal and inland areas
  • End matter
    • Appendixes (99KB PDF)
      1. Technical notes
      2. ICD-10 codes
      3. Population tables
      4. Coastal/inland SLAs
    • References (38KB PDF)
    • List of tables (57KB PDF)
    • List of figures (58KB PDF)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2007. Rural, regional and remote health: a study on mortality (2nd edition). Rural health series no. 8. Cat. no. PHE 95. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 23 April 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468054>.