The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently released a web report regarding deaths, causes of death and life expectancy in Australia in 2017.
The report indicates that there were 160,909 deaths registered in Australia in 2017, of which 66% were among people aged 75 and over. Additionally the report indicates that 50% of deaths to individuals aged 75 and under were potentially avoidable.
When identifying the contribution of injury to Australian fatalities in 2017, suicide was the 11th leading cause of death (3,124 fatalities, 1.9% of all fatalities) and accidental falls was the 15th leading cause of death (2,782 fatalities, 1.7% of all fatalities). The incidence of suicide was even higher among males and as a result, it was the 9th leading cause of death among males in Australia in 2017 (2,346 deaths, 2.8% of all fatalities).
The report highlights the heightened prevalence of injury as a leading cause of death among individuals aged under 45. As displayed in the figure below, suicide, land transport accidents and accidental poisoning contributed to the top three causes of death to individuals aged 15 – 44.
Figure 3.2, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Deaths in Australia web report. (AIHW, 2019).
For more information regarding the causes of death in Australia in 2017, access the AIHW report here.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Deaths in Australia web report. (AIHW, 2019). Available from: www.aihw.gov.au/reports/life-expectancy-death/deaths-in-australia