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

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


Policy context:  Respiratory system diseases are those that affect the respiratory tract (upper airway, trachea, bronchus and lung). They include cancers of the respiratory system, chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, influenza and other respiratory diseases. Some may persist over many years and, if severe, may require a wide range of treatments and medications from specialised health practitioners. Some diseases result from exposures to environmental pollutants such as tobacco smoke or asbestos, or toxic emissions from industry or transport. Others are the result of genetic conditions which affect people from birth, such as cystic fibrosis. Many of these diseases can cause those affected to die prematurely.

People who are most likely to die prematurely from these causes include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (twice the rate of non-Indigenous people), those living outside major cities, and those in areas of lower socioeconomic status [1].


  1. Australia Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Australia's health 2010. (AIHW Cat. no. AUS 122). Canberra: AIHW; 2010.

Notes:  International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes: J00-J99

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 respiratory system diseases 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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