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released: 2 May 2008 author: Sullivan EA, Hall B & King J F media release

Maternal deaths in Australia 2003-2005 is the fourteenth report on why women die during pregnancy and childbirth. The report is an observational study of maternal deaths in Australia. This report is produced by the AIHW National Perinatal Statistics Unit based at the University of New South Wales and funded by the Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Healthcare. It will be particularly useful for researchers, policy makers, health service planners and those providing services in reproductive health.

ISSN 1449-8863; ISBN 978 1 74024 775 7; Cat. no. PER 42; 51pp.; Internet Only


Publication table of contents

  • Foreword
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Summary
    • Australia’s low maternal mortality rate Indigenous results are the great exception leading causes of maternal deaths
    • The need for more information
  • Section A: Introduction
    • Background to the report
    • AIHW National Advisory Committee on Maternal Mortality (NACMM)
    • Aims of the report
    • Methodology and structure of the report
    • Compilation of the National Maternal Deaths database
  • Section B: Epidemiology of maternal mortality
    • Australian definitions and classifications of maternal deaths
    • Scope of report
    • Number of maternal deaths
    • Measuring maternal mortality
    • Determining the maternal mortality ratio
      • Maternal Mortality Ratio
    • Maternal mortality rate
      • Age-specific and age-standardised maternal mortality rates
    • Maternal deaths by state and territory of death
    • Maternal deaths referred to the Coroner
    • Direct maternal deaths
      • Cause of direct maternal deaths
      • Maternal age and parity
    • Indirect maternal deaths
      • Causes of indirect maternal deaths
    • Maternal age
    • Place of death
      • Area of usual residence
      • Location of death
    • Time of death
    • Early pregnancy deaths
    • Maternal deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
  • Section C: Trends in maternal mortality in Australia
    • Introduction
      • Maternal mortality ratios 1982–2005
      • Age-specific maternal mortality ratios 1982–2005
      • Maternal deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
      • Leading causes of maternal deaths 1997–2005
      • Direct deaths 1997–2005
      • Indirect deaths 1997–2005
  • Section D: Data development
  • Appendixes
    • Appendix 1: National Advisory Committee on Maternal Mortality (NACMM) and Committee Member Affiliations (2003–2005)
      • NACMM Maternal Mortality Classification Subcommittee
      • NACMM Education and Training Subcommittee
    • Appendix 2: NACMM terms of reference
    • Appendix 3: Membership of the state and territory Maternal Mortality Committees 2003–2005
    • Appendix 4: National Maternal Deaths Reporting Form
  • Glossary
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures

Recommended citation

Sullivan EA, Hall B & King J F 2008. Maternal deaths in Australia 2003-2005. Maternal deaths series no. 3. Cat. no. PER 42. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 19 August 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468086>.

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