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 2016, 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 6.3 in 2006.1
  • 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 7.7 perinatal deaths per 1,000 all births.2
  • All births comprise live births and stillbirths.

 

Perinatal deaths, 2016
Region per 1000
all births
Metropolitan Adelaide n.a.
Country SA n.a.
South Australia 5.5
Australia 7.7

5-3-1 SA

Data source: ABS 2017a and ABS 2017b

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Perinatal deaths, 2016
State/Territory per 1000
all births
South Australia 5.5
Australian Capital Territory 6.6
New South Wales 6.8
Victoria 7.4
Western Australia 8.2
Queensland 9.5
Northern Territory 11.4
Tasmania 11.5
Australia 7.7

5-3-1 AU

Data source: ABS 2017a and ABS 2017b

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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 2012-2016, there were 4.5 Aboriginal perinatal deaths in South Australia per 1,000 relevant births, down from 5.3 recorded in the 2006-2010 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 9.2 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, 2012-2016
Region per 1000
relevant births
Metropolitan Adelaide n.a.
Country SA n.a.
South Australia 4.5
Total 9.2*

5-3-2 SA

Data source: ABS 2017c

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Aboriginal perinatal deaths, 2012-2016
State/Territory per 1000
relevant births
South Australia 4.5
New South Wales 6.1
Western Australia 9.7
Queensland 10.1
Northern Territory 19.6
Aust. Capital Territory n.p.
Tasmania n.p.
Victoria n.p.
Total 9.2*

5-3-2 AU

* 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 2017c


Sources

  1. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2017a), 'Table 14.4 Perinatal deaths by state or territory of usual residence of mother, 2007-2016', Causes of death, Australia, 2016, cat. no. 3303.0, viewed 8 August 2018.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2017b), 'Table 14.1 Fetal, neonatal and perinatal deaths, Australia, 2007-2016', Causes of death, Australia, 2016, cat. no. 3303.0, viewed 8 August 2018.
  3. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2017c), 'Table 14.20 Perinatal deaths, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Selected states and territories, 2012-2016', Causes of death, Australia, 2016, cat. no. 3303.0, viewed 8 August 2018.