1.24 Avoidable & preventable deaths

This measure reports on the number of potentially avoidable deaths of Indigenous Australians.

Why is it important?

This measure reports on potentially avoidable deaths of Indigenous Australians aged 0–74. Avoidable death refers to deaths from conditions that are considered avoidable, given timely and effective health care (including disease prevention and population health initiatives) (AIHW 2010b; Page et al. 2006). Avoidable deaths have been used in various studies to measure the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of the health system. Deaths from most conditions are influenced by various factors in addition to health system performance, including the underlying prevalence of conditions in the community, environmental and social factors and health behaviours (AHMAC 2017).

Related measures

Data sources

  • National Mortality Database


  • AHMAC 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC.
  • AIHW 2010b. National Healthcare Agreement: P20-potentially avoidable deaths. Canberra: AIHW.
  • Page A, Tobias M, Glover JD, Wright C, Hetzel D & Fisher EJ 2006. Australian and New Zealand atlas of avoidable mortality. Adelaide: The University of Adelaide.