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Date posted: 25 March 2014
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Causes of death, Australia, 2012. This publication presents statistics on the number of deaths for reference year by state or territory of Australia, sex, selected age groups, and causes of death classified to the WHO's International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Health Related Problems (ICD).
Statistics from the report show that deaths from heart disease are decreasing, whilst deaths from dementia and Alzheimer's disease continue to increase. Notably, suicide was the 14th most common cause of death in 2012 overall, and the leading cause of death for males and females aged between 15 and 44.
Statistics for Indigenous Australians show that the death rate was double that of non-Indigenous Australians, a figure that is still alarmingly high. Three quarters (78.7%) of the deaths of Indigenous persons were accounted for by the following five underlying causes of death:
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics