End of life


In summary

  • South Australia records more than 13,000 deaths every year, converting to a standardised death rate of 5.5 deaths per 1,000 population.
  • The median age of death for males in South Australia is 80.2 years.
  • The median age of death for females in South Australia is 85.4 years.
  • The perinatal death rate in South Australia has been declining over the last decade and is now at 5.5 perinatal deaths per 1,000 all births. Perinatal deaths are all fetal deaths (at least 20 weeks' gestation or at least 400 grams birth weight) plus all neonatal deaths. South Australia has the lowest rate of perinatal deaths in Australia compared to the other states and territories.
  • South Australia's infant mortality rate is 3.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Infant mortality is defined as deaths of persons aged under one year of age.
  • Due to the extremely small numbers involved, child mortality (deaths of persons aged 1-4 years) is not reported in State of Our Health.
  • Overall, the top three leading causes of death in South Australia are: ischaemic heart diseasesmalignant neoplasms of digestive organs and organic diseases, including symptomatic, mental disorders.
  • Leading causes of death vary with age group, but for the younger population, between the ages of 15 and 44 years, the leading cause of death is intentional self-harm.