Mortality Collection - table of available data

This table lists the mortality data available from the Ministry of Health

 

Item Notes
Health care user number Also known as National Health Index (NHI) number. Restricted access.
Domicile code Based on Statistics New Zealand Standard Area Unit code used for the 2006 Census.
Sex Male, female, indeterminate.
Ethnicity Based on Statistics New Zealand Standard Classification 1996 (Level 2), for example NZ M?ori, NZ European or Pakeha, Other European, Samoan, Chinese and so on. Up to three ethnicities are recorded and prioritised.
Age Age in days, weeks, months or years as applicable.
Date of birth Day, month, year.
Country of birth From Statistics New Zealand Standard Country Code list, 1986.
Time deceased was in New Zealand Number of years in New Zealand if not born in New Zealand.
Date of death Day, month, year.
Year of registration Year in which the death was registered.
Place died Place of death as recorded on the death registration.
Underlying cause of death Codes from the World Health Organization International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM).
Selected contributing disease or condition Codes from ICD-10-AM for selected conditions which contributed to death but were not the underlying cause of death, for example diabetes mellitus, drug abuse and injuries.
Mesh block Statistics New Zealand’s smallest area unit code based on deceased’s residential address from 2003 onwards. Restricted access.
Cot death indicator Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) indicator.
Maternal death indicator Indicates whether the death is the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and the site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management, but not from accidental or incidental causes.
Pregnancy-related indicator Indicates if a woman died while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the cause of death.
Post-mortem code Indicates whether a post-mortem was performed and/or used in classification by the Ministry of Health.
Death certifier code Certified by doctor, or coroner with/without inquest, coroner’s interim report.
Death information source code Code indicating the most accurate source of the information used to classify the underlying cause of death. For example, Births, Deaths and Marriages, Coronial Services, NZ Transport Agency, Water Safety New Zealand.
Comments Free text field that contains additional comments relating to the death (eg, may include details of accidents or time sequence of conditions). Restricted access.
Occupation Text description of deceased’s usual occupation (or former occupation if retired). Collected since 1998.
Work-related indicator* Recorded if the cause of death was known to be due to an accident while at work.
Alcohol-involved indicator* Records if alcohol consumption preceded death, when reported. Only recorded for deaths certified by a coroner.
Blood alcohol level* Recorded in mg/100 mL blood, when reported. Only recorded for deaths certified by a coroner.
Birthweight Weight at birth in grams. Recorded when known for deaths of infants less than one year of age and for stillbirths.
Gestation Gestation (in weeks) of infant at birth. Recorded when known for deaths of infants less than one year of age and for stillbirths.

* Recorded from registration year 2000.

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