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Death, funerals, burials and cremation: a review of the Burial and Cremation Act 1964 and related legislation

This report provides a summary of public submissions in response to the Consultation Document released in November 2019. It includes findings for policy development for the Ministry of Health and highlights areas for future policy work.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Do more people die in Australia than Sweden due to poorly heated homes?

Liberal MP Craig Kelly claims that poorly heated homes cause more deaths in Australia than in Sweden, despite our milder winters.

Revisit review of South Australia's Palliative Care Services Plan 2009-16: statistical addendum

This report forms a statistical addendum to complement the Health Performance Council’s Revisit review of South Australia’s Palliative Care Services Plan 2009-16.
Audio podcast

Disconnect: Sky camp

In some Aboriginal cultures, when someone passes away, their name and image should not be spoken or seen, let alone shared online. In this episode we discuss the topic of death, and how customs surrounding death are being challenged by social media and internet use.

World population prospects 2019

This report presents population estimates from 1950 to the present for 235 countries or areas, underpinned by analyses of historical demographic trends. The population estimates and projections describe population growth and ageing, as well as key trends in human fertility, mortality, and net international migration...

Death sentences and executions 2018

This report covers the judicial use of the death penalty for the period January to December 2018. Amnesty International reports only on executions, death sentences and other aspects of the use of the death penalty, such as commutations and exonerations, where there is reasonable confirmation...

They never came home—the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia

The human impact of an industrial death is catastrophic and far-reaching. For the families and friends of those individuals killed at work, the terrible and profound human cost and associated consequences they must suffer is lifelong.

Trends in injury deaths, Australia: 1999–00 to 2014–15

This report focuses on trends in deaths due to injury and poisoning that occurred over the period 1999–00 to 2014–15. Rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were generally at least twice as high as rates for non-Indigenous Australians over the period from 2001–02...

National deaths in custody program: deaths in custody in Australia 2013–14 and 2014–15

This report presents data on the number of deaths in custody that occurred during 2013–14 and 2014–15, and trend data on deaths in prison custody (from 1979–80) and police custody and custody-related operations (from 1989–90).

Cause of death patterns and people’s use of aged care: a Pathways in Aged Care analysis of 2012–14 death statistics

Nearly 245,000 older people died between July 2012 and June 2014. This report presents information on the cause of death patterns and any aged care services they used before their death. This is the first time this analysis has been done in Australia.

Life before death: improving palliative care for older Australians

Several myths undermine the broader benefits that good palliative care can provide for patients.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

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

Trends in injury deaths, Australia 1999–00 to 2011–12

This report describes trends in the occurrence of injury deaths in Australia from 1 July 1999 to 30 June 2012 and provides a summary of injury deaths in 2011–12. The information is based on all causes of death recorded on death certificates.

Accidental drug-induced deaths due to opioids in Australia, 2013

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.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide

With a draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 released in NSW in May, this paper outlines recent developments and studies in countries that allow euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Journal article

Premature deaths of nursing home residents: an epidemiological analysis

This study finds that the incidence of premature and potentially preventable deaths of nursing home residents has increased over the past decade, and that a national policy framework is needed to reduce the incidence of premature deaths among Australians living in nursing homes.

Death sentences and executions 2016

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.

Palliative care action plan

Executive summary New Zealand’s population is ageing and an increasing number of people are living longer. All sectors recognise the imperative to prepare for these trends. In the health sector, our system needs to change to meet the growing demand for palliative care, which is...

Funeral and burial instructions

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 Victoria...
Journal article

Prescription drug abuse: a timely update

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 to overdose deaths and...