Infographic: What kills men and women in Australia

Richard Laycock 12 May 2016 NEWS

Doctor and Patient: leading causes of death in australia

Compare the top 10 causes of death for Australians by age and sex with this visualisation.

Across six age brackets for both men and women, coronary heart disease was one of the most common causes of death, according to a study released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) that tracked the leading causes of deaths in Australia.

The study broke down its sample into men and women and then into age ranges.

Coronary heart disease was the leading cause of death for men from the age of 45 onwards and was the third highest killer of those aged between 25-44. Coronary heart disease was also the leading cause of death for women from the age of 75 onwards. It was also the second, third and ninth most common cause of death for women aged between 65–74, 45–64 and 25–44 respectively.

Between the ages of 15 and 44, suicide and self-inflicted injuries were the most common causes of death for both men and women. Although men between the age of 25 and 44 were almost twice as likely to die by their own hand.

Men in that same age range were also twice as likely to die from poisoning.

While coronary heart disease was a leading cause of death across the board, men aged between 25 and 74 were over two-and-half times more likely to die from coronary heart disease than their female counterparts.

However, women aged between 75 and 94 were twice as likely to have dementia as their cause of death.

The study also highlighted that women were slightly more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident between the age of 15 and 24 than men. That said, on the whole men were more likely to have their death attributed to a transport or road-related incident.

5–14 15–24 25–44
RTI/motor vehicle occupant
  • Women 7.30%
  • Men 9.00%
  • Women 19%
  • Men 18%
  • Women 4.10%
  • Men 6.30%
RTI motorcyclist - Men 5.00% -
Other land transport injuries - Men 2.60% Men 2.40%
Other road traffic injuries Men 8.50% - -

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