Background information: Premature mortality and Avoidable mortality

The following tables show the proportion of all deaths that are premature or avoidable, as published in the maps, data and graphs on the PHIDU website.

Total population

Premature deaths as proportion of all-age deaths, 2013-2017
Detail Males Females Persons
Total deaths 41.0 26.6 34.0
All cancer deaths 48.7 47.7 48.2
Colorectal cancer 51.1 41.3 46.7
Lung cancer 54.1 55.4 54.6
Breast cancer .. 59.4 ..
All circulatory system diseases 31.3 12.9 21.9
Ischaemic heart disease 35.7 13.0 25.7
Cerebrovascular disease 23.4 12.0 16.6
All respiratory system diseases 27.7 21.6 24.7
COPD 30.6 28.8 29.8
All external causes 74.3 47.6 64.6
Road traffic injuries 88.9 79.2 86.2
Suicide and self-inflicted injuries 92.4 92.7 92.5

Avoidable deaths as proportion of all-age deaths, 2013-2017
Detail Males Females Persons
Total Avoidable 41.0 26.6 34.6
Alll cancer deaths 40.6 51.5 57.4
Colorectal cancer 51.3 41.7 47.0
Diabetes 37.6 23.4 30.9
All circulatory system diseases 30.4 12.0 21.0
Ischaemic 35.7 13.0 25.7
Cerebrovascular 23.4 12.0 16.6
All respiratory system diseases 31.4 29.0 30.3
COPD 30.6 28.8 29.8
Selected external causes* 67.2 38.8 56.5
Suicide and self-inflicted injuries 92.4 92.7 92.5
Other External causes** 82.5 59.3 74.4
Transport accidents 88.8 78.7 86.2

*Falls; Fires, burns; Suicide and self-inflicted injuries; etc.

**Transport accidents; Accidental drowning and submersion; etc.

Indigenous population

Premature deaths as proportion of all-age deaths, 2013-2017
Detail 0-54 0-64 0-74
Male Female Persons Male Female Persons Male Female Persons
All deaths 47.9 36.8 42.8 67.9 56.0 62.4 84.7 74.3 80.0
All cancer deaths 26.4 25.2 25.8 55.7 52.3 54.1 81.4 78.7 80.1
Circulatory system diseases 39.7 28.5 34.7 65.1 47.1 57.1 83.1 64.8 74.9
Respiratory system diseases 26.4 23.5 25.0 44.7 44.5 44.6 74.2 70.7 72.5
External causes 88.6 82.0 86.4 95.0 89.8 93.3 97.3 93.1 95.9

Avoidable deaths as a proportion of all-deaths, 2013-2017
Detail 0-54 0-64 0-74
Male Female Persons Male Female Persons Male Female Persons
All avoidable deaths 52.0 38.8 46.1 70.3 57.3 64.5 85.6 75.1 80.9
All cancer deaths 19.6 34.1 28.2 48.2 57.7 53.9 70.3 80.3 76.1
Diabetes 29.4 21.7 25.1 55.8 47.6 51.2 80.3 73 76.1
Circulatory system diseases 38.5 26.7 33.3 64.9 45.5 56.4 82.7 63.6 74.3
Respiratory system diseases 17.5 15.9 16.7 36.6 40.6 38.6 72.7 70.3 71.5
Selected external causes* 89.6 83.5 87.7 94.9 87.6 92.7 97.0 93.2 95.8
Other external causes** 87.8 81.0 85.4 95.1 91.1 93.7 97.6 93.0 96.0

*Falls; Fires, burns; Suicide and self-inflicted injuries; etc.

**Transport accidents; Accidental drowning and submersion; etc.