Premature mortality refers to deaths that occur at a younger age than a selected cut-off. For this report it is deaths that occur in people aged younger than 75.
Over 1 in 3 deaths (34%) occurred among people younger than 75
62% of premature deaths were men
In 2012, there were 49,692 premature deaths in Australia
35% decrease in the rate of premature deaths between 1997 and 2012
There were 5,112 deaths among people aged 25–44 in 2012 and this equates to a rate of 79 deaths per 100,000 population aged 25–44, or 1 death per 1,267 people. The death rate decreased by 29% since 1997, from 111 deaths per 100,000 to 79 deaths per 100,000 (Figure 7.1).
More than two-thirds (69%) of deaths in this age group are considered potentially avoidable, including all of the top 5 causes of premature mortality.
Source: AIHW National Mortality Database (Table S1, 524KB XLS).
Suicide was the leading cause of death among people aged 25–44, accounting for 18% of deaths in 2010–2012, followed by accidental poisoning (9.8%) and land transport accidents (8.5%) (Table 7.1).
Coronary heart disease was the 4th leading cause of death among people aged 25–44 (accounting for 5.5% of deaths). More than 4 in 5 deaths due to coronary heart disease in this age group were men.
Breast cancer was the 2nd leading cause of death among women aged 25–44, after suicide, and the 5th leading cause for both sexes combined.
Source: AIHW National Mortality Database (Table S2, 524KB XLS).
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