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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.
1 in 5 deaths among adults aged 25–44 were due to suicide
1 in 2 premature deaths were considered potentially avoidable
4 in 5 Indigenous deaths (2008–2012) occurred among people under 75
In 2012, there were 49,692 premature deaths in Australia
This web report was written by Jenna Haddin and Dinesh Indraharan with input from Louise York, Tim Beard, Grant Waraker, Arianne Schlumpp and Jeanette Tyas. It was reviewed by Lisa McGlynn and Jenny Hargreaves from the AIHW.
Subject matter expertise was received from the Cardiovascular Diabetes and Kidney Unit, Cancer and Screening Unit, Mental Health and Palliative Care Unit, Australian Burden of Disease Study, and Indigenous Modelling and Research Unit at the AIHW; and from the Australian Centre for Airways disease Monitoring (ACAM) at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, the National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU) at Flinders University, Dr Paul Clark (University of Queensland), members of the Cancer Monitoring Advisory Group, member of the Diabetes Expert Group and members of the Cardiovascular Disease Expert Advisory Group.
Cause of Death Unit Record File data are provided to the AIHW by the Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the National Coronial Information System (managed by the Victorian Department of Justice) and include cause of death coded by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The data are maintained by the AIHW in the National Mortality Database.
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