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MORT books are Excel workbooks that contain recent deaths data for specific geographical areas. The workbooks present summary deaths statistics by sex for each geographical area, including counts, rates, median age at death, premature deaths, potential years of life lost and potentially avoidable deaths. The workbooks also present leading causes of death by sex for each geographical area.

Most MORT books present data for the last 5 years. Due to changes in geographic classifications over time, long-term trends are not available. Data are sourced from the AIHW National Mortality Database (NMD).

Machine readable forms of these MORT books are available on data.gov.au.

MORT books are available for the following:

Note: The current version of MORT books is presented above. This version incorporates minor methodological changes that have resulted in updates to a small number of cells.

Where possible, MORT books include graphical representations of age-standardised rates, premature deaths, potentially avoidable deaths and rate ratios for selected causes of death. For example: 

Figure 1: Age-standardised rate of premature deaths, by Primary Health Network, 2014

This bar chart shows the proportion of all deaths in 2013 that were considered ‘premature’, by Primary Health Network. Premature deaths are deaths occurring among people aged under 75. The primary health networks are listed in order the order of the proportion of premature deaths. The highest ranked primary health network was Northern Sydney where 23% of deaths were premature and the lowest ranked primary health network was the Northern Territory (72%). The proportion of premature deaths for Australia overall is also shown on the bar chart and is lower than around two-thirds of the primary health networks.