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

Deaths from ischaemic heart disease, persons aged 0 to 74 years, 2016 to 2020


Policy context:  Ischaemic heart disease (also known as coronary heart disease) includes angina, blocked arteries (heart) and heart attacks [1]. In 2019, ischaemic heart disease was the leading underlying cause of death in Australia (10.6% of registered deaths at all ages, 12.1% of all male deaths and 9.1% of all female deaths). Ischaemic heart disease has been the leading cause of death in Australia since 2000; and remains the leading cause of death amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, accounting for 11.8% of all Indigenous deaths [2].

For 2016 to 2020, just over one quarter (27.3%) of all deaths from ischaemic heart disease were premature, although with over two and a half (2.54 times) the proportion for males (36.6%) than females (14.4%) – details here


  1. Deaths in Australia. Available from:; last accessed 18 January 2021.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Cause of death, Australia, 2019. Available from:; last accessed 18 January 2021.

Notes:  International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes: I20-25

For deaths data released since 2007, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (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 general, 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:

However, data published here are from the following releases: 2016 and 2017, final; 2018, revised; and 2019 and 2020, preliminary.


Geography: Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, Quintile of socioeconomic disadvantage of area and Quintiles within PHNs, and Remoteness Area


Numerator:  Deaths from ischaemic heart disease 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 2016 to 2020 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 2016 to 30 June 2020.


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