Journal article

An egalitarian society? Widening inequalities in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases in Australia, 2006-16

Tim Adair, Alan D Lopez

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The recent slowdown in life expectancy increase in Australia has occurred concurrently with widening socioeconomic and geographical inequalities in all-cause mortality risk. We analysed whether, and to what extent, mortality inequalities among specific non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Australia at ages 35-74 years widened during 2006-16. METHODS: Registered deaths that occurred during 2006-16 in Australia were analysed. Inequalities were measured by area socioeconomic quintile [ranging from Q1 (lowest) to Q5 (highest)] and remoteness (major cities, inner regional, outer regional/remote/very remote). Age-standardized death rates (ASDR) for 35-74 years were calculated and smooth..

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