Mortality in demography – when, how and where do people die?

Simone - Myth Buster

Simone has a rich background in human geography, demography and urban planning – a background that was useful in her previous roles in the Commonwealth and State Governments, and now as part of the forecast team at .id. From the Queensland coast to the southern suburbs of Perth, Simone produces population and dwelling forecasts that help local governments make informed decisions about future service and planning needs. She is a regular contributor to .id’s blog and has spoken at several conferences on how our cities and regions are changing. She is a big advocate of evidence-based planning and how Census and other data can inform this. Outside of work Simone is a keen traveller and photographer – interests that tie in well with her professional life and help her to understand “place”.

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7 Responses

  1. Jenny says:

    And socio economic status like income levels?

  2. Barry says:

    I dont see any reference to Australia’s abortion rate in the demographic profile of the nation. Anti natalism’s long term effects on population ageing and consequent medical costs is becoming impossible to ignore. Meanwhile the productive youthful wealth producers and consumers who drive the economy are shrinking at an increasing rate
    The annual ‘culling’ of about 80, 000 plus babies, the future wealth drivers of the economy, has got ot have a significant impact on the long term future growth of the country, and eventually the ability to defend itself.

    • Chandran says:

      Hi Barry, I read your argument about ‘culled’ babies with great interest. I have a counter argument to make. In the case of a mango tree, the fruit set value (after the flowers are fertilised) range between 0.01 to 0.3%. Have you ever come across the economists incorporating the statistics of mango lost i.e. between 99.7 and 99.99% in their mango production calculation and thereby terming it as an economic loss? In the case of a mango tree, the fruits are ‘lost’ due to natural culling.

  3. Simone says:

    Hi Barry, thanks for your comment. I will keep this purely statistical. You might be aware there are no national statistics kept on abortion numbers in Australia, only some states keep these figures. Estimates at a national level are extrapolated from the states that keep these figures, and supplemented with other data. You would need to take this issue up with the relevant government departments who collect and disseminate demographic data such as the ABS.

  4. Chrys says:

    Really Barry? What an appalling comment. You don’t think the social and economic costs of children growing up in a situation where they can’t be properly provided for, or worse, weren’t wanted at all, outweighs any anti-choice argument. Go looking for solutions to housing affordability and childcare and youth unemployment and other ways of supporting women and families to grow the economy before you turn your sights on those who make the difficult decision to terminate.

  5. Terine says:

    Thank you for your factual statistics on demographics in Australia.
    Having a teaching background, two boys of my own and residing in Sutherland Shire, I have been very disturbed by the leading cause of death for youth 15-24years for many years.
    Although government agencies have began to attempt to address mental health issues, also significant within the high aged population within Sutherland Shire, there is still much more needed to de-stigmatise mental health. More transparency is required, particularly regarding domestic violence. It is a socio-cultural issue that is inter-generational contributing to the abnormally high mortality rate from self-harm. I also believe high schools need to take some accountability too.

  6. Kristi Owen says:

    Hello team,
    Thanks for the info, this evidence based information assists us to inform decision makers about what’s happening in the community and what the impacts will be into the future.

    Too often people base significant decisions on their own experience and that of a narrow circle of contacts. We need to promote and reference this information to gain broader understanding in order to make the right choices.

    Research matters.

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