Ipswich region's death rate among lowest in the state

IPSWICH residents are dying less, with figures revealing the region's death rate is among the lowest in the state.

Figures have shown a general downward trend in Queensland's death rates.

Australian Bureau of Statistics showed Queensland had a 5% drop in the death rate in a decade.

In 2003, 6.3 out of every 1000 people died.

Fast forward 10 years to the most recent figures and the rate has dropped and 6 people out of every 1000 died.

The rate was lower in the Ipswich local government area and has dropped about 12% in the past decade.

In 2003, 5.9 people died for every 1000 of the population.

By 2013 it had dropped to 5.2 for every 1000 people.

It remains among the best 20 death rates in the state. Out of a total 46 death rates on the ladder, Ipswich sat at having the 13th lowest rate in 2013.

Rural Health Alliance staff said there was still a stark difference in death rates between regional areas and the city.

In 2013, 5.4 people died in Brisbane for every 1000 in the population.

The Ipswich region's death rate is among lowest in the state.
The Ipswich region's death rate is among lowest in the state. Centro Art

This was among the lowest 15 rates in the state. Ipswich's death rate was lower than Brisbane but the Southern Downs area, south west of Ipswich, has one of the state's highest death rates.

In the Southern Downs area, 9.4 people out of every 1000 died.

Rural Health Alliance chief executive Gordon Gregory said rural health statistics showed people in cities were reaping more benefits from Medicare and the pharmaceutical benefits scheme.

Mr Gregory said regional and rural areas generally had more elderly residents, more people with a disability and more families with lower incomes.

"We know people living in rural and remote areas do smoke more, they are more likely to drink heavily and are less likely to exercise," Rural Health Alliance policy advisor Andrew Phillips said.

Mr Phillips said rural and regional residents tended to be "crooker" and this, combined with a more limited access to medical services and later diagnoses, contributed to higher death rates in regional areas.


Uncommon ways to die, listed in ABS Causes of Death:

  • Coalworker's lung disease
  • Nail disorders
  • Hair colour and hair shaft abnormalities
  • Exposure to excessive noise
  • Crushed, pushed or stepped on by crowd or human stampede
  • Victim of lightning
  • Contact with scorpions
  • Prolonged stay in weightless environment


Queensland in 2013

  • 8793 people died from cancer, including 29 from benign cancers
  • 910 died from a stroke
  • 466 died from influenza/pneumonia
  • 341 people died from transport accidents
  • 311 people died from falls
  • 214 died from alcoholic liver disease
  • 201 people died from accidental poisoning from noxious substances
  • 52 died from viral hepatitis
  • 50 people died from obesity
  • 11 died from HIV
  • 10 people died from malnutrition
  • 7 died from sleeping disorders
  • 6 people died from being struck by a thrown, projected or falling object
  • 3 people died from accidental suffocation in bed
  • 2 people died from contact with poisonous animals or plants
  • 2 people died from unintentional cut, puncture, perforation or haemorrhage during surgery/medical care

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