Maternal Mortality



AIHW Report - Maternal Deaths in Australia 2015-2017


In 2015–2017, the maternal death rate in Australia was 6.4 deaths per 100,000 women giving birth, which is among the lowest rates in the world. The most common causes of maternal death were suicide and cardiovascular disease. The incidence of maternal death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women was more than 3 times as high as that for non-Indigenous women. More than 1 in 3 maternal deaths occurred in women who were aged 35 or over.

  • ISBN: 978-1-76054-667-0
  • Cat. no: PER 106
  • Pages: 49







The Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System (AMOSS) addresses a critical need to find out more about rare, serious disorders of pregnancy and aims to provide information on:

  • Current burden
  • Provide better information on risk factors, diagnosis, management, outcomes
  • Support the translation of research findings into policy, clinical guidelines and education resources

Visit the AMOSS website for further information at or email