Notes on the data: Premature mortality by selected cause - 0 to 74 years

Deaths from circulatory system diseases, persons aged 0 to 74 years, 2010 to 2014


Policy context:  Circulatory system diseases encompass abnormalities of the heart and blood vessel system. They include cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, and hypertensive diseases [1]. Circulatory system diseases can be genetic or acquired. The leading conditions contributing to circulatory system disease burden and mortality are hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, and ischaemic heart disease (coronary heart disease). These diseases are mainly caused by a damaged blood supply to the heart, brain and/or limbs, and share a number of risk factors. Behavioural risk factors, such as poor diet and tobacco smoking, contribute significantly to the likelihood of developing a circulatory system disease [2]. Circulatory system diseases are also largely age-related. In 2011-12, 16.9% of Australians (or around 3.7 million people) reported having a disease of the circulatory system [1].

Circulatory system diseases remain Australia’s biggest killer, mostly because of the deaths caused among older people [2]. They are also the second largest contributor to the burden of disease in Australia, after cancer [2]. Within the Australian population, certain population groups are at increased risk for developing and dying from circulatory system diseases. These groups include Indigenous Australians, people of lower socioeconomic status, males over the age of 45 years, and males living in rural and remote areas [3].


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Australian Health Survey: Health service usage and health related actions, 2011-12. (ABS Cat. no. 4364.0.55.002). Canberra: ABS; 2013.
  2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Australia's health 2010. (AIHW Cat. no. AUS 122). Canberra: AIHW; 2010.
  3. AIHW. Socioeconomic inequalities in cardiovascular disease in Australia: current picture and trends since 1992. Bulletin no. 37. (AIHW Cat. no. AUS 74.) Canberra: AIHW; 2006.

Notes:  International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes: I00-I99

For deaths data released since 2007, the ABS has applied a staged approach to the coding of cause of death which affects the number of records available for release at any date. In each release, the latest year’s data is preliminary, the second latest is revised and the data for the remaining years is final. For further information about the ABS revisions process see the following and related sites:


Numerator:  Deaths from circulatory system diseases at ages 0 to 74 years


Detail of analysis:  Average annual indirectly age-standardised rate per 100,000 population (aged 0 to 74 years); and/or indirectly age-standardised ratio, based on the Australian standard.


Source:  Data compiled by PHIDU from deaths data based on the 2010 to 2014 Cause of Death Unit Record Files supplied by the Australian Coordinating Registry and the Victorian Department of Justice, on behalf of the Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the National Coronial Information System. The population is the ABS Estimated Resident Population (ERP) for Australia, 30 June 2010 to 30 June 2014.


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