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Graphs showing time trends in mortality rates

Female all-cause mortality at age 15-79 years:

Australia and selected other countries, 1930-2004

Graph showing Australian, England and Wales, US and Japan mortality, 1930-2003

Comment: The trends in this graph are much the same as those in the graph for age 70-79 years (graph no. 316): this is because the absolute death rates are far higher at 70-79 than at 15-69.

Method: Mortality rates calculated using data from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Division, then standardised for age (by taking unweighted averages of component rates) and smoothed (as weighted 3-year moving averages). For details, see the Info page.

Caution: Trends can reflect not only changes in disease occurrence or treatment, but also changes in how a cause of death is defined or coded.

WHO mortality rates for particular countries, ages and causes of death