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Research report

31 Oct 2017

This resource provides the context and the foundation for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017.


24 Jul 2017

Just under 600 Australians between the ages of 15 and 54 died from accidental overdose of opioids, with the majority (70 per cent) being due to opioids other than heroin, including strong prescription painkillers.


1 Apr 2017

This in-depth investigation by Amnesty International reports that the Chinese authorities continue to enforce an elaborate secrecy system to obscure the shocking scale of executions in the country, despite repeated claims it is making progress towards judicial transparency.



5 Jan 2017

Do you know where and how you want to be buried?

Will you choose an elaborate Victorian-style headstone, or do you prefer a “green” burial, with only a GPS tracking signal indicating your location? Or you may elect to purchase a Bios Urn, a...

Research report

14 Dec 2016

This report concludes a community law reform project considering whether Victorians should be permitted to leave funeral and burial instructions that are binding on the person with the right to control the deceased’s funeral and burial arrangements.

The Victorian Law Reform Commission recommends that...

Journal article

11 Dec 2016

Background: Prescription drug abuse is a rising problem in Australia and pharmaceutical drugs have been the most frequent contributors to overdose deaths in Victoria in recent years.

Objective/s : The objectives of this article are to examine the main prescription drugs contributing...



6 Sep 2016

This report presents tabulations of road deaths and road death rates for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations and Australian states and territories. The rates allow for a comparison of Australia's road safety performance with that of other OECD nations by accounting for...

Research report

11 Aug 2016

The AIC has operated the National Deaths in Custody Program since 1991, following a recommendation by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. This study updates and extends an earlier AIC study, which examined the important issue of self-inflicted deaths in prison custody using...



10 Aug 2016

Different funeral options are increasingly sought after, driven by values such as cost effectiveness and sustainability. Empowered consumer choices entail conversations such as those encouraged by 8 August Dying to Know Day . An alternative such as DIY implies being able and willing to put...

Briefing paper

14 Jul 2016


Musculoskeletal conditions are a range of conditions that affect the bones, muscles and connective tissues. In this bulletin, the musculoskeletal conditions reported include osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; osteoporosis; back problems; gout and other inflammatory arthropathies (in ammation of one or more joints); and...

Blog post

15 Apr 2016

Despite great changes in Indigenous policy in the last twenty-five years, the number of Indigenous deaths in custody has not declined. Between 1987 and 1991, while the Royal Commission was underway, there were 23 Indigenous deaths in prison custody and 28 in police custody. From...

Research report

8 Mar 2016

Provides an insight into the diseases and factors contributing to life expectancy, potentially avoidable deaths, years of life lost and leading causes of death.

Summary Causes of death data are a significant and important input to health and social policy formulation and planning...

Research report

16 Feb 2016

Examines the extent to which membership in social groups following retirement determines quality of life and mortality.

Abstract Objectives: Retirement constitutes a major life transition that poses significant challenges to health, with many retirees experiencing a precipitous decline in health status following retirement....

Research report

16 Feb 2016

The deaths of 73 people with disability who died in care in Queensland between 2009 and 2014 were reviewed. The review highlighted numerous risk factors and vulnerabilities, and identified key areas in the delivery of health and disability services that require reform. The report presents...

Research report

5 Oct 2015

Examines trends in codeine-related mortality rates in Australia, and the clinical and toxicological characteristics of codeine-related deaths.

Abstract Objectives: To examine trends in codeine-related mortality rates in Australia, and the clinical and toxicological characteristics of codeine-related deaths.

Design and setting: Analysis...

Book review

21 Nov 2014

Death in a casino: negligence, assault, manslaughter? Or business as usual? A searching account of a case at Melbourne’s Crown tries to clarify the distinction between ‘what is legal’ and ‘what is moral’. Although it may be impossible to specify, this distinction creates room for...

Research report

28 Sep 2014

This paper recommends more public discussion, including an education campaign, about the limits of health care as death approaches and the need to focus on end-of-life care.


This report is about how, where and with whom we die. The baby boomers...

Research report

22 Sep 2014

Overview : This assessment is an update and a further development of the assessment first published by WHO for the year 2000, now with a wider range of health impacts, and projections for future years. It takes into account a subset of the possible...

Research report

19 Aug 2014

Summary: Maternal deaths in Australia 2006–2010 provides a summary of statistics on maternal mortality in Australia to inform safety and quality of maternity care in Australia, and provides good practice guidance from members of the National Maternal Mortality Advisory Committee.

Maternal mortality...

Research report

16 Aug 2014

Contains current counts and summaries of road crash deaths and fatal road crashes in Australia.


This month's key figures (July 2014)

There was a total of 90 road deaths during the month of July 2014. In comparison to the average...