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

Deaths from endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases - Deaths from diabetes, persons aged 0 to 74 years, 2010 to 2014


Policy context:  Diabetes and conditions related to diabetes are among the leading causes of death, illness and disability in Australia [1] [2]. Diabetes has been one of the top ten causes of death in Australia for some years. For example, in 2011, diabetes was the eighth leading underlying cause of cancer death among Australian males, and the seventh, for females, of all ages (AIHW 2012).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, people born overseas and people living outside major cities of Australia had higher rates of diabetes-related deaths than the general population. Between 2001 and 2010, the death rate from diabetes-related causes fell from:

  • 33 to 28 deaths per 100,000 population among people living in major cities.
  • 36 to 32 deaths per 100,000 population among people living in inner regional areas.
  • 45 to 43 deaths per 100,000 population among people living in outer regional, remote and very remote areas [3].


  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Australia's health 2012. (AIHW Cat. no. AUS 156.) Canberra: AIHW; 2012.
  2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Multiple causes of death. (AIHW Cat. no. AUS 159). Canberra: AIHW; 2012.
  3. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Diabetes deaths - 2013 [Internet] (cited 2014 May 22). Available from:

Notes:  International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes: E10-E14

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 diabetes at ages 0 to 74 years


Denominator:  Population aged 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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