National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 02Mortality rate (and excess deaths) by leading causes, 2012
Identifying and definitional attributes  
Metadata item type:  Indicator 

Indicator type:  Indicator 
Short name:  PI 02Mortality rate (and excess deaths) by leading causes, 2012 
METEOR identifier:  438560 
Registration status: 

Description:  There are two measures for this indicator: Measure (1a): Mortality rates for Australians by leading causes of death (ICD10 chapter level), by Indigenous status. Measure (1b): Excess deaths for Indigenous Australians by the leading causes of death (ICD10 chapter level). 
Rationale:  Achieving the Closing the Gap target of closing the life expectancy gap within a generation requires monitoring mortality rates for different diseases so that it is understood which diseases are major contributors to mortality among Indigenous Australians and where programs are succeeding and where they are not. 
Indicator set:  National Indigenous Reform Agreement (2012) Indigenous, Superseded 13/06/2013 
Outcome area:  Indigenous Australians achieve health outcomes comparable to the broader population Indigenous, Standard 21/07/2010 
Quality statement:  National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 02Mortality rate (and excess deaths) by leading causes, 2012 QS Indigenous, Superseded 13/06/2013 
Collection and usage attributes  
Computation description:  There are two measures for this indicator: Measure (1a): Mortality rates for Australians by the leading causes of death, by Indigenous status. Measure (1b): Excess deaths for Indigenous Australians by the leading causes of death. Crude rates are calculated for Indigenous Australians. Agestandardised rates are calculated for Indigenous and nonIndigenous Australians. Rate ratios and rate differences are calculated for Indigenous:nonIndigenous. Note: Causes to be listed from highest to lowest Indigenous percentage for the most recent period (5 years combined). Variability bands are to be calculated for rates (single year data only) using the standard method (see definition below). For trends: Percentage change and statistical significance of change is to be calculated (required for CRC reporting). Excludes deaths where Indigenous status was not stated. Presentation: (1a): Number, percentage, rate per 100,000 persons; rate ratios, rate differences, variability bands; and causes (as per list contained in ‘Definitions’ below) listed from highest to lowest percentage. (1b): Number (observed, expected, excess); percentage (per cent of excess deaths); and causes (as per list contained in ‘Definitions’ below) listed from highest to lowest percentage. Definitions: Excess deaths: observed number of deaths less expected number of deaths if the agespecific rates of the nonIndigenous population for the corresponding period were applied to the Indigenous population. This measure refers to ‘leading causes of death’. Data are provided for ‘selected causes of death’ according to the ICD10 codes used for ‘leading causes of death’ in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework:
For single year data, the following top 5 causes of death are to be reported:
The top 5 causes of death need to be reassessed each reporting period. If a change is identified, data may need to be backcast to the baseline year for the most recent set of top 5 causes to ensure a consistent time series. Standard method for variability band computation: Rates derived from administrative data counts are not subject to sampling error but may still be subject to natural random variation, especially for small counts. A 95% confidence interval for an estimate is a range of values which is very likely (95 times out of 100) to contain the true unknown value. Where the 95% confidence intervals of two estimates do not overlap it can be concluded that there is a statistically significant difference between the two estimates. This is the standard method used in AIHW publications for which formulas can be sourced from Breslow and Day (1987) in the publication ‘Statistical methods in cancer research’. Typically in the standard method, the observed rate is assumed to have natural variability in the numerator count (e.g. deaths, hospital visits) but not in the population denominator count. Also, the rate is assumed to have been generated from a Normal distribution ("Bell curve"). Random variation in the numerator count is assumed to be centred around the true value  i.e. there is no systematic bias. 

Computation:  Mortality rates (1a): Crude percentage: number of deaths by cause divided by all deaths. Crude rate: 100,000 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator). Agestandardised rate: calculated using the direct method using five year age groups from 04 to 75 years and over and the Australian population as at 30 June 2001 as the standard. Agestandardisation should be done in accordance with the NIRAPIMG agreed principles for direct agestandardisation (see Comments section). Rate ratio: Indigenous agestandardised rate divided by nonIndigenous agestandardised rate Rate difference: Indigenous agestandardised rate minus nonIndigenous agestandardised rate Variability band: to be calculated using the standard method for estimating 95% confidence intervals as follows: Crude rate:
Where d = the number of deaths Agestandardised rate:
Where w_{i} = the proportion of the standard population in age group i d_{i} = the number of deaths in age group i n_{i} = the number of people in the population in age group i Percentage change: Calculated by multiplying the average annual change over the period by the number of data points less 1. This is then divided by the rate for the first year in the series and multiplied by 100. The average annual change in rates, rate ratios and rate differences are calculated using linear regression which uses the least squares method to calculate a straight line that best fits the data and returns an array that best describes the line. The simple linear regression line, Y = a + bX, or ‘slope’ estimate was used to determine the average annual change in the data over the period. The formula used to calculate the slope estimate and standard error of the slope in Microsoft Excel is: LINEST: (known_y’s, known_x’s, true) entered as an array formula (Ctrl, Shift, Enter). Statistical significance of change: The 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the standard error of the slope estimate (average annual change) are used to determine whether the apparent increases or decreases in the data are statistically significant at the p<0.05 level. The formula used to calculate the CIs for the standard error of the slope estimate is: 95%CI(x) = x ± 1.96 x SE(x) where x is the average annual change (slope estimate). If the upper and lower 95% confidence intervals do not include zero, then it can be concluded that there is statistical evidence of an increasing or decreasing trend in the data over the study period. Excess deaths (1b): Observed number of Indigenous deaths less expected number of Indigenous deaths if the age specific rates of the nonIndigenous population for the corresponding period were applied to the Indigenous population. Percentage by cause. 
Numerator:  Number of deaths 
Numerator data elements:  
Denominator:  Total population of all people 
Denominator data elements:  
Disaggregation:  Measure 1(a): Current period  20052009: For Indigenous only (crude rates, and percentage):
For Indigenous and nonIndigenous (agestandardised rates, rate ratios, and rate differences):
Time series  2006 (to be provided for the 2012 CRC report to be used as the first year in the time series to align with the baseline year of 2006 for the Life expectancy target), 2007 and 2008 (revised using direct method of agestandardising and revised cause of deaths data), 2009 (current period for cause of death and previous year for allcause) and 2010 (current period for allcause): For Indigenous and nonIndigenous (agestandardised rates, rate ratios, rate differences, variability bands, percentage change and statistical significance of change):
Measure (1b): Current period (20052009): For Indigenous only (number – observed, expected, excess; and per cent of excess deaths): National by sex, by leading cause of excess deaths (ICD10 chapter level and some subchapter level). 
Disaggregation data elements:  
Comments:  Most recent data available for 2012 CRC report is 2010 for allcause and 2009 by cause of death. Backcast data is also provided for 2006, 2007 and 2008. Data are based on reference year. Aggregated data will be used for the current reporting period (20052009). Single year data will be used for time series (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 for allcause and 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 for causes); noting that previously supplied data will be used unless a resupply is provided. Disaggregation by Indigenous status will be based on data only from jurisdictions for which the quality of Indigenous identification is considered acceptable. At this stage, only data from selected state/territories are considered of acceptable quality for reporting mortality of Indigenous persons (NSW, Qld, WA, SA and NT). National rates should include these five states and territories only. Disaggregation by state/territory should be based on the usual residence of the deceased. Due to the small number of Indigenous deaths reported each year, 5 year combined data will be reported for the current reporting period. Single year data will be used for reporting time series. To report trends, the COAG Reform Council will separately request percentage change and statistical significance testing for this indicator directly from the AIHW when ABS supplies the data. Variability bands accompanying mortality data should be used for the purposes of comparisons over time. They should not be used for comparing mortality rates at a single point in time between jurisdictions as the variability bands and mortality rates do not take into account differences in underidentification of Indigenous deaths between jurisdictions. Baseline year of NIRA target (Close the life expectancy gap within a generation) is 2006; baseline year for this indicator is 2006; target year is 2031. NIRAPIMG agreed Principles for reporting directly agestandardised rates for administrative data: Overarching principle: Before undertaking agestandardisation, analysts must investigate the data being used to understand the agespecific distribution and any limitations that may impact on the results. Principle 1: The standard population used should be the Australian Estimated Resident Population as at 30 June 2001 from the 2001 Census until population estimates from the 2011 Census become available. The population used as the denominator for the calculation of Indigenous agestandardised rates should be SERIES B of Indigenous experimental estimates and projections 2006 to 2021 based on the 2006 Census until population estimates from the 2011 Census become available. Principle 2: If the denominator is less than 30 in any one age group, then do not attempt to produce agestandardised rates. Agegroups may be collapsed to obtain a denominator of 30 or more (provided that this is in accordance with Principle 3 and 4). Principle 3: If the total number of Indigenous events (e.g. deaths, hospital separations) is less than 20, then do not attempt to produce agestandardised rates. Combining several years of data, or aggregating jurisdictions should be considered to obtain a total of 20 or more events. If this does not meet the purpose (i.e. data are required for time series or jurisdictional comparisons), or does not result in greater than 20 events in total, then other measures and contextual information should be reported instead of agestandardised rates which could include total number of events, crude rates, agespecific rates, agespecific rate ratios and median age at death. Principle 4: Agestandardised rates should be calculated using the five year age groupings of 04 to 75+ (provided Principles 2 and 3 for denominator and numerator are met). 10year age groups may be used to overcome small numbers (20 year age groups are too wide and should not be used). Principle 5: Additional contextual information (most importantly agespecific rates and ratios) should be provided in addition to agestandardised rates when: a) the agestandardised rates and rate ratios lie largely outside the range of the agespecific rates and rate ratios. b) the pattern of agespecific rates of the Indigenous and nonIndigenous populations differ substantially (e.g. deaths from a certain cause concentrate on younger ages for Indigenous population while for nonIndigenous they may occur at older ages). c) the agespecific rates depart from the assumption of a uniform increase in death with age (e.g. injury which peaks in the young adult to middleages and certain cancers amenable to treatment for some age groups). d) the condition of interest is largely confined to a specific age range (e.g. STIs and women who give birth). In such instances, agestandardisation could be restricted to include the age groups within this age range only. Principle 6: For conditions restricted to a specific age group (e.g. conditions originating in the perinatal period and SIDS), it is recommended to report the agespecific rate for the age group of interest instead of the agestandardised rate. 
Representational attributes  
Representation class:  Rate 
Data type:  Real 
Unit of measure:  Person 
Format:  N[NN].N 
Indicator conceptual framework  
Framework and dimensions:  Deaths 
Data source attributes  
Data sources:  ABS Estimated resident population (total population) Frequency Quarterly Quality statement ABS Estimated resident population (total population), QS Data custodian Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS Indigenous experimental estimates and projections (2001 Censusbased) Frequency Periodic Quality statement ABS Indigenous experimental estimates and projections, QS Data custodian Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS Causes of Death Collection Frequency Annual Quality statement ABS causes of death collection, QS Data custodian Australian Bureau of Statistics 
Accountability attributes  
Reporting requirements:  National Indigenous Reform Agreement. 
Organisation responsible for providing data:  Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 
Further data development / collection required:  Specification: Longterm. Improve the quality of Indigenous identification in deaths data. 
Source and reference attributes  
Steward:  National Indigenous Reform Agreement Performance Information Management Group 
Relational attributes  
Related metadata references:  See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 59Agestandardised mortality by major cause of death, 2012
Supersedes National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 02Mortality rate (and excess deaths) by leading causes, 2011
Has been superseded by National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 02Mortality rate by leading causes, 2013

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