The Most Common Causes Of Death In Australia

The Most Common Causes Of Death In Australia

Stop worrying about plane crashes and the impending zombie apocalypse. The most common cause of death in Australia remains heart disease, though the risk of the former has dropped over the past decade.

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New Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures analyse causes of death between 2001 and 2010. Heart disease accounted for 20 per cent of all deaths in 2001, but that figure dropped to 15 per cent by 2010. Conversely, deaths due to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are on the rise (up from 2.9 per cent to 6.3 per cent).

Here are the top 20 causes of death in 2010, a year in which 141,070 Australians died:


  • Ischaemic heart diseases
  • Cerebrovascular diseases
  • Dementia and Alzheimer disease
  • Trachea, bronchus and lung cancer
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  • Colon, sigmoid, rectum and anus cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Blood and lymph cancer (including leukaemia)
  • Heart failure
  • Diseases of the urinary system


  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Intentional self-harm
  • Skin cancers
  • Hypertensive diseases
  • Accidental falls
  • Cirrhosis and other diseases of liver
  • Cardiac arrhythmias




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