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A potentially avoidable death is one that could have theoretically been avoided for persons aged less than 75 years. The level of avoidable mortality in a population indicates the theoretical scope for future health gain through disease prevention and management. Potentially avoidable deaths are categorised into either a treatable or preventable category. Potentially preventable deaths are those which are amenable to screening and primary prevention, such as immunisation, and reflect the effectiveness of the current preventive health activities of the health sector. Deaths from potentially treatable conditions are those which are amenable to therapeutic interventions, and reflect the safety and quality of the current treatment system (ABS 2011).

  • In 2012 were 18% of deaths were potentially avoidable (192 females and 116 males) compared with 16% nationally.

Year of death (year of occurrence) and year of registration

Please note that while the ABS releases death data for 2014 (ABS 2016), 2012 is the latest year reported when reporting on trends over time. Where possible we have reported deaths by year of death (year of occurrence) where the ABS report deaths in the year the deaths were registered.

References

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011) 3303.0 Causes of Death, Australia 2011. Appendix 4: Avoidable mortality. Canberra, ABS.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016) 3303.0 Causes of Death, Australia 2014. Canberra, ABS.

Data

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Codes & Sources

The data contained in this dataset is based on the Cause Of Death Unit Record File (CODURF) provided by the Australian Coordinating Registry (ACR), the data has been aggregated based on either a single or grouped ICD-10* classification.

The ACT deaths data is collected and maintained by the ACT registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (ACT RBDM), which records all medical conditions that directly caused or contributed to the death and were applicable, ie the circumstances surrounding a death (eg. motor vehicle accident). 

The National Coronial Information System (NCIS) records and stores information relating to coroner  certified deaths for the purposes of retrieval, analysis, interpretation and dissemination to allow for informed death and injury prevention activities.

The Australian Coordinating Registry (ACR) is an agency appointed by state and territory RBDMs and coroners to coordinate and manage approval of coded deaths data. 

*The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems Tenth Revision

The data is presented by the ACT Government for the purpose of disseminating information for the benefit of the public. The ACT Government has taken great care to ensure the information in this report is as correct and accurate as possible. Whilst the information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information. Differences in statistical methods and calculations, data updates and guidelines may result in the information contained in this report varying from previously published information.

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