Jump to content

Australian potential years of life lost, first year of epidemic

Recommended Posts

Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) for leading causes (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)

Causes of Death, Australia

Statistics on the number of deaths, by sex, selected age groups, and cause of death classified to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)

2020: Deaths during the first year of the pandemic
Reference period
  • COVID-19 was the 38th leading cause of death (898 deaths).
  • In 2020 there was a decrease in mortality in Australia. 
  • The five leading causes decreased, with a significant reduction in respiratory diseases.
  • Rates from suicide, drug overdoses and car crashes decreased.
  • Alcohol-induced death rates increased by 8.3%.


Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) for leading causes (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)                               YPLL (years)


Intentional self-harm [suicide] (X60-X84, Y87.0) 109,525
Ischaemic heart diseases (I20-I25) 69,449
Malignant neoplasm of trachea, bronchus and lung (C33, C34) 51,581
Accidental poisoning (X40-X49) 49,131
Land transport accidents (V01-V89, Y85) 43,798
Malignant neoplasm of colon, sigmoid, rectum and anus (C18-C21, C26.0) 36,740
Malignant neoplasms of breast (C50) 31,300
Cirrhosis and other diseases of liver (K70-K76) 31,136
Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47) 26,998
Cerebrovascular diseases (I60-I69) 25,607
Malignant neoplasms of lymphoid, haematopoietic and related tissue (C81-C96) 24,538
Diabetes (E10-E14) 23,635
Malignant neoplasm of brain (C71) 21,160
Malignant neoplasm of pancreas (C25) 19,971
Malignant neoplasm of liver and intrahepatic bile ducts (C22) 16,444
Melanoma and other malignant neoplasms of skin (C43-C44) 12,190
Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99) 10,913
Cardiomyopathy (I42) 10,822
Malignant neoplasm of stomach (C16) 9,607
Malignant neoplasm of oesophagus (C15) 9,205
  1. For information on WHO leading causes and YPLL see Mortality tabulations and methodologies for further information.
  2. See the Data quality section of the methodology for further information on specific issues related to interpreting time-series and 2020 data. 
  3. Causes of death data for 2020 are preliminary and subject to a revisions process. See Data quality, Revisions process in the Methodology of this publication for more information
  4. Changes in coding processes have been applied to 2020 data. See the Classifications and Mortality coding sections of the methodology for further information.  
  5. The data presented for intentional self-harm includes ICD-10 codes X60-X84 and Y87.0. Care needs to be taken in interpreting figures relating to intentional self-harm. See the Deaths due to intentional self-harm (suicide) section of the methodology in this publication. 
  6. The data presented for Malignant neoplasm of the colon, sigmoid, rectum and anus (C18-C21) includes deaths due to Malignant neoplasm of the intestinal tract, part unspecified (C26.0). Comparisons with data for this leading cause, and associated leading cause rankings, should therefore be made with caution. See Mortality tabulations and methodologies, Leading causes of death in the methodology section of this publication for further details.
Edited by AlanPater
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Maybe Australia has a more relaxed atmosphere, possibly explaining some of it.

As to why we have a higher proportion of Covid deaths:  US is the world center of trade, commerce, business -- more contact with the rest of humanity, and the easiest way to get Covid is from the breath of an infected person.

(Just my guess.)

  --  Saul

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

Ah, another out-of-context example to prop up the faith of the true believers and shoo off the heretics 😄

Why not post more recent information, like this one, also from the ABS site, from 2022:

  • In 2022, there were 29,685 deaths that occurred by 28 February and were registered by 30 April, which is 5,052 (20.5%) more than the historical average.
  • In February there were 13,692 deaths, 1,999 (17.1%) above the historical average. 
  • COVID-19 was the fourth most common cause of death certified by a doctor in February following cancer, dementia and ischaemic heart diseases. 
  • There was statistically significant excess mortality recorded in the first two months of 2022 (see article). 

So, let's see what the longer terms effects are, eh?

A couple of additional points:

Australia has a small population and is surrounded by water, which makes it easy to isolate. Their lockdowns were draconian, but their economy is largely commodities-based and it can withstand shutting down major population centers better.

Then there is a reasonable argument that if the rules were not changed to support the chosen public policies in the US, and if the number of COVID deaths was tallied up according to past practices, we would have a considerably lower COVID death toll. As Michael Levitt said in 2020, if we had the same policy of massive PCR testing for flu infections and counted flu deaths the way we counted COVID deaths, the two would not be so far apart. I am yet to hear a convincing argument why long-standing policies were thrown out of the window for COVID, and why we don't apply them to other infectious diseases now.

And why not compare Sweden to the US, or better yet, to NY? Why not compare Florida, with its large elderly population and free movement during the pandemic, to NY and its lock-down and masking mandates?



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...