5-3

5-3. Perinatal deaths

5-3-1. Perinatal deaths

5-3-2. Aboriginal perinatal deaths

Sources

 

5-3-1. Perinatal deaths

  • Perinatal deaths are all fetal deaths (at least 20 weeks' gestation or at least 400 grams birth weight) plus all neonatal deaths.
  • In 2018, there were 5.5 perinatal deaths in South Australia per 1,000 all births, a rate that has declined over the last decade, down from 6.5 in 2008.1
  • South Australia has the lowest rate of perinatal deaths in Australia compared to the other states and territories, and below the national average rate of 7.6 perinatal deaths per 1,000 all births.2
  • All births comprise live births and stillbirths.

 

Perinatal deaths, 2018
Region per 1000
all births
Metropolitan Adelaide n.a.
Country SA n.a.
South Australia 5.5
Australia 7.6

5 3 1 sa 2019 10 15

Data source: ABS 2019a and ABS 2019b

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Perinatal deaths, 2018
State/Territory per 1000
all births
South Australia 5.5
New South Wales  6.9
Queensland 7.8
Western Australia  7.9
Victoria 8.2
Australian Capital Territory 9.4
Tasmania  10.2
Northern Territory 16.8
Australia 7.6

5 3 1 au 2019 10 02

Data source: ABS 2019a and ABS 2019b

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5-3-2. Aboriginal perinatal deaths

  • Perinatal deaths are all fetal deaths (at least 20 weeks' gestation or at least 400 grams birth weight) plus all neonatal deaths.
  • In the five-year period 2014-2018, there were 3.6 Aboriginal perinatal deaths in South Australia per 1,000 relevant births, down from 5.0 recorded in the 2007-2011 period.3
  • South Australia has the lowest rate of Aboriginal perinatal deaths in Australia compared to the selected states and territories that reported data, and below the combined total rate of 9.3 Aboriginal perinatal deaths per 1,000 relevant births.3
  • Total relevant births comprise live births and fetal deaths (where gestation is at least 20 weeks' or birthweight of at least 400 grams).

 

Aboriginal perinatal deaths, 2014-2018
Region per 1000
relevant births
Metropolitan Adelaide n.a.
Country SA n.a.
South Australia 3.6
Total 9.3*

5 3 2 sa 2019 10 02

Data source: ABS 2019c

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Aboriginal perinatal deaths, 2014-2018
State/Territory per 1000
relevant births
South Australia 3.6
New South Wales 5.7
Western Australia 10.6
Queensland 10.9
Northern Territory 19.1
Aust. Capital Territory n.p.
Tasmania n.p.
Victoria n.p.
Total 9.3*

5 3 2 au 2019 10 02

* Total includes data reported by jurisdiction of usual residence for New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory only.

Data source: ABS 2019c


Sources

  1. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2019a), 'Table 14.4 Perinatal deaths by state or territory of usual residence of mother, 2009-2018', Causes of death, Australia, 2018, cat. no. 3303.0, viewed 26 September 2019.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2019b), 'Table 14.1 Fetal, neonatal and perinatal deaths, Australia, 2009-2018', Causes of death, Australia, 2018, cat. no. 3303.0, viewed 26 September 2019.
  3. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2019c), 'Table 14.20 Perinatal deaths, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Selected states and territories, 2014-2018', Causes of death, Australia, 2018, cat. no. 3303.0, viewed 26 September 2019.