Avoidable mortality (AM) is a simple and practical population-based method of counting untimely and unnecessary deaths from diseases for which effective public health and medical interventions are available. An excess of deaths due to preventable causes should suggest shortcomings in the healthcare system that warrant further attention.
1. AM Reports for the period 1997-01 to 2002-06
Based on the classification and codes in ‘Tobias M & Jackson G, 2001, Avoidable mortality in New Zealand, 1981 to 1997. ANZ J Public Health, Volume 25, pages 12–20.’
2. AM Reports for the period 2003-07 onwards
Based on the classification and codes in ‘National Healthcare Agreement: PI 16–Potentially avoidable deaths, 2016.’
Five years of data has been aggregated for all analyses to reduce year-to-year variability in deaths, and the width of confidence intervals for areas with small populations.
Data are presented by calendar year (1 Jan to 31 Dec), consistent with the release of mortality data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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