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released: 15 Nov 2002 author: AIHW media release

Deaths are predictable to some extent, in that they occur more often for particular causes such as cardiovascular disease or cancers, or at older ages, or within vulnerable population groups. Deaths also tend to occur more often at certain times of the year. In Australia, as in other developed countries, most deaths occur in colder months. Deaths attributable to a number of specific causes follow a yearly cycle, peaking in winter and occurring less frequently in summer. Deaths for some causes are also more frequent on certain days of the week, or even at certain times of the day.This bulletin will examine these patterns of death to see how deaths vary by day, by month and by season, and whether these patterns have changed over time.

ISSN 1446 9820; ISBN 978 1 74024 209 7; Cat. no. AUS 29; 11pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Highlights
  • Introduction
  • Method
  • Monthly patterns of death
  • Excess summer deaths
  • Some reasons for excess seasonal deaths
  • Seasonality among causes of death
  • Days of the week
  • Time of day
  • Implications
  • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2002. Seasonality of death. AIHW Bulletin no. 3. Cat. no. AUS 29. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 19 August 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467393>.

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